Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

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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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About Steven Raichlen

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Steven 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 Appétit, 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.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Forge Books. 289 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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On Chappaquiddick, Claire works with a “brilliant…nutty as a fruitcake” biographer of Wilhelm Reich, the iconoclast, psychiatrist and inventor of the orgone accumulator much referenced in the tale.

May 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Island Apart

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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.

Apr 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Island Apart

Tampa Bay Times

As she stirs delicious things over the eight-burner Wolfe range in her borrowed oceanfront mansion, the Hermit hunts and gathers, making mind-boggling use of local lobster and Rhode Island johnnycakes in a kitchen with no electricity or plumbing.

Jul 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Island Apart

Nights and Weekends

But, more than that, he’s studied culinary history and culture, and I was intrigued to see how he’d incorporate his love of food into a novel—and more so, into a love story set on a beautiful island off the Massachusetts coast.

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Library Journal

F New York book editor Claire Doheney, finishing up her last few chemotherapy treatments for aggressive breast cancer, agrees to house-sit a friend’s summer home on Chappaquiddick Island, close to Martha’s Vineyard.

Jun 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Island Apart

Bookmarks Magazine

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, lovemaki...

Jul 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Island Apart

The Celebrity Cafe

While you won’t find any recipes (though you can get them at http://www.stevenraichlen.com/), Raichlen’s descriptions of food are rich and enticing and add to a story of love, loss and redemption in a delectable way.

Sep 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Island Apart

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