Synopses & Reviews
Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit in an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick island in Marthas 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.
"Renowned for his bestselling cookbook titles, Massachusetts author Raichlen (Planet Barbecue!), moves into fiction with the story of a solitary, unkempt beachcomber known as 'the Hermit' who has lived on Chappaquiddick Island for the past 10 years. When New York City editor Claire Doheney comes to stay there with her friends Sheila and Elliott Feinblat, Claire soon meets the Hermit and they strike up a friendship based on their mutual loves of books and cooking. Middle-aged Claire is going through a rough patch, divorcing her philandering professor husband, Harrison, and completing chemotherapy after a double mastectomy. The Hermit and Claire's relationship deepens into a sensual romance, despite her wry comment about 'making love to a board.' After Claire learns the Hermit's entire mysterious story, she suspects she may have picked the wrong man again. Devastated, she seeks out the sympathetic support of Sheila, throws herself into her editing work, and deals with her rebellious daughter, Molly. Neatly placed twists enable Claire to find her bearings again, but while there's sadness and redemption, the star of the novel is Raichlen's vivid depiction of Chappaquiddick beach life paired with some great food." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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
From the celebrated author of Planet Barbecue and How to Grill comes a surprising story of love, loss, redemption, and really good food.
About the Author
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. Each month, hundreds of thousands of visitors converge on his websites. He and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, and Coconut Grove, Florida. Island Apart is his first novel.