Publication Date: June 2012
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Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha's Vineyard. The "New Yorker" book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish a 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. Quite by accident and to their mutual surprise, Claire and the stranger discover that they share a passion for cooking. As Claire gets to know the Hermit, she finds rare qualities in a man most people have long since dismissed as an outcast. As Claire comes to appreciate this tiny island, with its colorful inhabitants, she experiences healing, redemption, and a happiness she hasn t known for years until she discovers what drove the Hermit into seclusion. Will his terrible secret bring them closer together? Or drive them apart forever? The clock is ticking. Can Claire make peace with her disaffected daughter, callous ex-husband, and cynical boss? Can she 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. Funny, tender, engaging, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, Steven Raichlen's novel is a smart love story not to mention a terrific beach read.
About the AuthorSteven Raichlen is America's "master griller" ("Esquire"). His books have won James Beard and IACP awards and his last, "Planet Barbecue!", was a "New York Times" bestseller. Articles by him appear regularly in "The New York Times", "Food & Wine", and "Bon Appetit", and for the past dozen years he teaches the sold-out Barbecue University, first at the Greenbrier and currently at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. He and his wife live in Miami and on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Susan Boyce earned her BA from the University of Rhode Island, then began a stage career as a song-and-dance new age vaudevillian. Her experience includes narrating documentaries, voicing dolls and toys for the game industry, computer adventure games, and audiobooks.