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Island Apart by Steven Raichlen
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Jul 09, 2012

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The break-up of her marriage and a diagnosis of breast cancer send Claire Doheney to Martha's Vineyard to try to figure out how to move on with her life. Her friends have left her alone in their house on Chappaquiddick Island at the end of the summer. She continues her editing work, a biography of an eccentric inventor which is being written by an eccentric writer, and wonders how to fix the broken relationship between herself and her only daughter. Though the tiny island is all but deserted, Claire finds people eddying in and out of her life like the tides. One of the people she comes to know is someone called The Hermit when he rescues her after a bicycle accident on a lonely road. No one else on the island seems to know him at all - who he is, where he comes from, what his story might be. Through their mutual love of cooking, these two solitary people forge a relationship. His story is nothing Claire could have ever imagined, and his secret is one that could destroy their fledgling relationship for good. I like the island setting and some of the characters but I'm just not in love with the author's style. He tends to clump things together to move the story along, and there just doesn't seem to be enough true emotion to fully engage the reader's emotions. Could be I am too demanding. All in all, not a bad summer read.
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