From the celebrated author of "Planet Barbecue" and "How to Grill" comes a surprising story of love, loss, redemption, and really good food. Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit in an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick island in Martha's Vineyard. The New York book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish her biography of the iconoclastic psychotherapist, Wilhelm Reich.The last thing she expects to find is love. Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit. No one knows his real name or where he lives. To their mutual surprise, Claire and the stranger discover that they share a passion for cooking that soon sparks something more.But Claire's new friend has a terrible secret that threatens to drive them apart forever. The clock is ticking. Can Claire let love into her life once more before it's too late?Told by a "New York Times "bestselling author and international TV host with a keen eye for Chappaquiddick's extraordinary natural beauty, "Island Apart "has it all--romance, history, travel, crime, lovemaking of exquisite intensity, and cooking scenes so vivid, they'll make your taste buds ache with hunger. Steven Raichlen's novel is a smart love story--not to mention a terrific beach read. Think "The Bridges of Madison County "with better food.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
- 05 Jun 2012
- New York, NY, United States
Much more than a promising first novel by a formidably talented writer; it is a literary achievement of the first order a heartfelt, redemptive, and irresistible novel. Raichlen handles this complex tale of romance, family, illness, and dark secrets with intelligence, grace, and abiding tenderness.--John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass"
About Steven Raichlen
STEVEN RAICHLEN is a multi-award-winning author, journalist, and television host. His twenty-nine books include the international blockbusters "The Barbecue Bible, How to Grill, "and the "New York Times "bestselling "Planet Barbecue. " His books have won five James Beard Awards and have been translated into 16 languages. " Island Apart "is his first novel. A former Watson Foundation Fellow with a degree in French literature, Raichlen hosts "Primal Grill "and "Barbecue University "on PBS and the French language TV show "Le Maitre du Grill. "He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress and has appeared frequently on "National Public Radio "and the "Today" show. He and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, and Coconut Grove, Florida.