Russell Ricard

Words on the page, screen, and stage 

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist 

The Truth About Goodbye is a magical, witty, and endearing story that taps deeply into your heart.”

~Casey Nicholaw. Tony-award winning director-choreographer of

Some Like It Hot, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, and Something Rotten! 

“Ricard offers a thoughtful debut novel…cleverly incorporates themes of aging, vanity, loss, self-confidence, and forgiveness, grounding the melodrama in the realities of life in the big city…The narrative is endearing and impressively assured, and it will be an entertaining treat for fans of LGBT romantic fiction.

A warm, fun, character-driven tale about moving on and embracing life.”

~Kirkus Reviews

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“Filled with wonderful, witty characters and hilarious dialogue…a story of hope and encouragement.”


“A tough subject with humor and grace…a very self-assured book, yet not an over-confident one…a fairly light read that leaves an echo long after it has been completed.”

~Jayne Lockwood WROTE PODCAST  

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“One of the refreshing things about this novel is its complex look at what today is called ‘moving on’…Ricard writes beautifully…an impressive debut novel…and his commentary on gay rights and marriage isn’t angry or resentful, but lightly touched on…explores the universal themes of loss and grief, which should resonate with all readers.”

~Indie Reader Approved  (5.0 star rating)

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“Ricard’s is a satisfying and familiar love story for anyone who has dealt with incredible loss…satisfying romantic fiction with substance.”

~Foreword Clarion Reviews 

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