Island Apart

Island Apart

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 25mm
  • English
  • 0765368951
  • 9780765368959

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"Rich in character, incident, and mouthwatering food. A triumphant fictional debut." --William Martin, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Cape Cod "and "City of Dreams""" "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 "" ""A quirky, surprising, and poignant romance, with a wonderful voice all its own. Readers beware: the food in this novel will leave you ravenous."--Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of "Other Eyes" "Steven Raichlen has written a magical novel about a magical place. He deftly captures the subtleties, oddities, and beguiling charm of Martha's Vineyard and Chappaquiddick. Take this literary ferry. You'll enjoy your stay."--Lucia St. Clair Robson, New York Times bestselling author of "Last Train from Cuernavaca," winner of the Spur Award "Steven Raichlen presents a kaleidoscope of personalities with insight and compassion, while reminding us that good food, prepared with love, may not heal all wounds, but it can't hurt and it often helps. A splendid beach read!"--Mary Doria Russell, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of "Thread of Grace" and "Doc" "For the millions who know Steven Raichlen as the last word on barbecue, it might come as a surprise to discover that he has written a beautifully wrought, highly nuanced novel set amidst the distinctive landscape of Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts. What won't surprise anyone, though, is that central to the compelling narrative of "Island Apart "is the redemptive power of food and a mindfully prepared meal. Claire Doheney, healing from a serious illness at a friend's oceanfront mansion, meets an enigmatic character known locally as the Hermit, and as unl
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444 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 16% (73)
4 43% (191)
3 30% (135)
2 7% (33)
1 3% (12)
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