Robert Riche

Novelist and poet

Robert Riche


A modern romance

A Road Novel in Paris

A satirical novel of contemporary life

A new twist on gay culture

In the Waiting Room, new and selected poems

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A comic novel of the P.R. Industry

A modern American tragedy

Another comic novel about Bill Brock

A tragic romance

A family saga

Bad news lady

A novel of our times

ROBERT RICHE is the author of 10 novels, four books of poetry. His plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and at the Bristol Old Vic, England. His books have been praised by Norman Mailer, Richard Yates, Clifford Irving and other peer writers. He is a recipient of a NEA grant, Connecticut Foundation for the Arts grant, Advanced Drama Research grant, winner of the Stanley Drama Award. He is a Norman Mailer Writers Colony scholar, Breadloaf Writers Conference scholar. He lives in Connecticut, and spends part of each summer in Provincetown, Mass.





ALL THE DAYS, A memoir in poetry

Rarely is a memoir written as poetry. Yet, In ALL THE DAYS the poet has done just that. It is a memoir that scans poetically a life lived amid the tumult of much of the last century. This poetic memoir is unique as a personal revelation in the context of cultural and historical events of the 20th century. It is dramatic, poignant, sad, even comical as it follows the career of a man of his time. The book is available from Amazon etc. Click .

Review by Amazon Customer on December 16, 2015
All The Days rouses and exhilarates those who can discern its hidden truths. A message of love. An ode to friendship. A triumph of realism in a world of metaphor.








FEAR NO EAGLE

"Fear No Eagle" is a romantic love story of literary quality that addresses the matter of a woman's ability to surmount the most difficult circumstances of her life, her courage and ultimate triumph in the face of many trials, including abandonment as a child, orphanage institutionalization, molestation by a priest, abuse by a farm family that has taken her in as a servant, her escape to New York, the not inconsiderable struggle to overcome demons of her own, flight from a crazed stalker, and romantic tribulations with an indecisive lover. . . READ MORE AT AMAZON.COM





THE CROSSING

Two young guys on their way to Europe, refugees from the dead life of Eisenhower’s America. Bill Brock, Amherst graduate, his life privileged, meets up with Mort Reiss, Bronx hipster, thief, comedian and fine art painter. Their lives cross, beginning in the third-class bowels of a transatlantic steamer, then move on to the Bohemian life of postwar Paris. Mort will take classes at the famous Grande Chaumiere art school while Brock stumbles about with a job writing tourist brochures for Travel Corporation of America (Travco). The adventures of these two unlikely friends are mostly hilarious and when it comes time at the end of a year for them to return to the U.S.A. the crossing will have had a profound effect on both of their lives.










WHAT ARE WE DOING IN LATIN AMERICA (A NOVEL ABOUT CONNECTICUT)

“Robert Riche has given us the real thing. His book is disciplined and expansive, funny and sad in ways that only the finest novels ever are.” – Richard Yates

“Funny as hell and nicely written.” – Norman Mailer

“Sharp humor and trenchant social satire.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“A comic story about a harried executive. Makes the connection for us between the narrator’s own rigidity and his country’s diplomatic difficulties.” – Kirkus






THE FLAUTIST

A talented classical flute player (flautist), name of Kruger, married with two small children, is drawn to and ultimately seduced by an older man of the world, rich, sophisticated and elegant Charles DuLong. Kruger’s wife Sara, heartbroken and dismayed, in time she meets a new man, Claude who wins her heart. When it turns out that Sara is pregnant with Claude’s child, she chooses to have an abortion. A somewhat demented anti-abortion activist intervenes outside the abortion clinic, with tragic results for all involved. The story is a new twist on gay culture, though it is much more than that, having to do with the human heart and love’s confusions.




IN THE WAITING ROOM (New and Selected Poems)

"These new and selected poems by Robert Riche are a delight, reaching out to the reader with humanity, sometimes with sadness, other times with rollicking good humor and wit. The collection is varied, encompassing nature, mortality, the grief of warfare, and the ordinary events of everyday life.
"Robert Riche's poems are a fine blend of lyricism and accessibility, romance and humor, historical perspective and a glimpse of the interior life of a 20th, now 21st, century man and poet. Riche writes about ideas and core truths, always with a subtle and graceful touch. He confronts politics, love, mortality, and our foibles and frailties between." - Connie Everett, Publisher/​Editor Pudding Magazine . . READ MORE AT AMAZON.COM 215 Pages










DAYS LIKE THESE (poems)

These poems by Robert Riche are a delight – not just because they welcome and invite the reader inside, but they reach out with humanity, sometimes with sadness, other times with rollicking good humor and wit.

They do not bore or insult the reader with self-indulgent ostentation. They show depth of understanding that encourages the reader to see and feel things he or she might not otherwise have noticed.

The collection is varied, encompassing nature, mortality, the grief of warfare, and the ordinary events of "days like these. 102 Pages







THE P.R. GUY

"The P.R. Guy", continues the saga of Bill Brock and his comic adventures as a Public Relations junior executive at the same time as he pursues a sexy banana heiress who entices him into a left-wing group of nutty anarchists. Members of the lefty group include a poet who speaks only in olde English, a stay-at-home husband whose wife supports his horse betting habit, a postal worker (who goes berserk and shoots up the Post Office), a con man who steals from department stores, and the leader of the group, a commie apparatchik who tries to leap off the Brooklyn Bridge after Kruschev denounces Stalin. His P.R. client demands sexual favors before approving his P.R. copy while a gorgeous German aristocrat who spent the war years as a guest of Franco also vies for his affections. Underneath the craziness there is a sober and serious intent.




BAD GIRL

"Bad Girl" is the tragic story of Lara, a lower middle class girl of unusual beauty and naivete whose obsessive quest for a pop culture romantic life leads her into a series of sexual relationships, first, with her fellow high school students, later, with her high school phys ed instructor, then the companionship of a rough group of dopers, and finally into an abortive career as a call girl.
She gradually disintegrates into periods of drug-induced obliviousness, at one point finding herself the object of an attempted gang-rape, left abandoned by the roadside. What happens after that is the sad finale to a young girl’s romantic aspirations. Sympathy for Lara is sustained as we observe her self-destructive behavior. The story has some explicit sexual scenes which are not gratuitous, but develop in the course of the youth’s misdirected aspirations.









MY HOTSHOT CAREER IN TELEVISION

This latest comic novel by Robert Riche deals with the multiple day-to-day struggles of a reasonably sane middle management P.R. executive, Bill Brock, who at a crisis midpoint in his life desperately attempts to get a script he has written produced on TV. Dealing with a producer who insists on turning an outrageous angry Chekhovian drama into a musical comedy is enough to drive him crazy. Meanwhile, at the P.R. office where he works he is obliged to write press releases for Rajah condoms (ribbed, flavored, and patterned in “distinctive” colors). Moreover, his son is failing second grade. His attempt to buy a rental farmhouse the family is living in is opposed by heirs to the estate. Brock rages. . .







PHILLY MORAN

The honeymoon death by drowning of Sheila Moran in the company of her husband for which there is no immediate forthcoming explanation is the intriguing opening of "Philly Moran." Mysterious circumstances surround the incident while the two are sailing off the coast of Kusadasi, Turkey. But the unexplained event is merely the subtext of a tragic love story between Sheila, a socially prominent golden girl, and her husband Philly, a high school dropout suitor, a young man of much charm, sexual attractiveness and high ambition who achieves a multi-millionaire status before obtaining the object of his affection. The mystery of Sheila Moran’s death is ultimately uncovered in the last chapter, and the resultant consequences are moving and tragic for both.





BETWEEN THE TWO GREAT WARS

"Between the Two Great Wars" is an epic novel – the story of a young soldier in World War I who following several hair-raising adventures (one in the accompaniment of Ernest Hemingway) returns home ambitious to make his way in the world from the humblest beginnings to quite considerable achievements, including wealth, community prominence, marriage to a beautiful girl, and the birth of a son. He lives through the prohibition era, the flapper era, the 1919 flu epidemic, the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, the stock market crash of 1929, the depression years, meanwhile becoming involved in several sexual liaisons. Conflict develops as the novel progresses to the beginning of World War II when the son against his father's wishes volunteers for military duty. Two strong characters who love each other ultimately must find a way to come to terms.




THE TROUBLEMAKER

Attractive couple, Joan and Tom Brent, have retired to a charming new house in a charming Cape Cod town. Joan, as a self-designated sophisticated ex-New Yorker, finds herself in conflict with local citizens whom she considers vulgarians, and whom they consider to be an outsider troublemaker. Joan’s dream of an idyllic rustic retirement begins to seriously fall apart when a fire destroys their new home. Thus begins the unraveling of their idyllic lives. Tom, stressed out, suffers a stroke that renders him a helpless invalid. Joan, distraught, turns to alcohol and prescription drugs, resulting in her incarceration against her will in a rehab clinic. With all the elements of a classic Greek tragedy, the story proceeds to a devastating heartbreaking brutal conclusion.











BROCK DOWNSIZED

When the prostheses and condom factory where Bill Brock has been an executive goes belly-up Brock finds himself out on the street. In this comic novel Brock takes up the somewhat demeaning occupation as a wedding videographer. At the same time he must deal with a series of mid-life crises. His prostate goes floppy down, the jolly, high-spirited doctors prescribe every type of wrong medication, the nutty sexy wife of his nutty psychiatrist tries to seduce him, his aged father is dying in a nursing home, his nextdoor neighbor draws him unwittingly into a kiddyporn ring, and his artist son is implicated as a terrorist, while his daughter's infatuation with a married man is about to drive him crazy. READ MORE ON AMAZON.COM

IT'S HERE!! - "ALL THE DAYS -- a Memoir in poetry"

ALL THE DAYS FIVE REVIEWS --ALL FIVE STARS!!!! This poetic memoir opens with the father and mother, then moves on to the poet as a young man, experiencing his first sexual encounters, his days as a newspaper reporter, after which he moves on to a series of adventures rooted in the history of the time. He experiences the travesty of 1950’s McCarthyism, the exhilaration of living for a year in Paris where he is caught up in revolutionary politics, his return to the U.S. and entry into the world of radical unionizing. Ultimately, with the onset of mature years he feels the intimations of his life slowing down. This poetic memoir is unique as a personal revelation in the context of cultural and historical events of the 20th century. It is dramatic, poignant, sad, even comical as it follows the career of a man of his time.