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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 

  • “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

  • “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

  • “Rich in character, incident, and mouthwatering food. A triumphant fictional debut.”

    William Martin, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Helen | 2/15/2014

    " I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I'd read it at the beach.(what isn't more likeable at the beach?) Book mixes serious issues (protagonist is a cancer patient, mixed with sappy romance, book editing and detailed cooking experiences. The author manages to make a happy ending even after the narrator dies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/12/2014

    " This book literally just came out this month, and I was fortunate enough to get in from the "new books' shelf at our public library. It was a perfect summer read - it is set on Martha's Vineyard, it talks about amazing food, and their is a romance piece, but not an over the top one. Reading this makes me want to head to Martha's Vineyard asap for some amazing seafood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/29/2014

    " Afraid this is not among my recommendations. Despite trying to be heartfelt, it largely comes across as shallow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 1/28/2014

    " Well written; I think "poignant" is the word. My problem was, I will never be able to afford any of those wines, and will never have any (ANY!) of the foods the author goes on about, and I hate shellfish. A lot of local history about the vinyard and island (cheers for Raichlen for his pointed comments on the politics involved in Kennedy skating on the death of Mary Jo Kopechne). I felt all the extra stuff, as well done as it was, got in the way of the story and the character development. A very pleasant story, and well done, but it left me a bit hungry... "

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About the Author
Steven Raichlen is an award-winning author, journalist, and television host. He has written more than two dozen books, including 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.