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Critical Praise

"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

"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

"A quirky, surprising, and poignant romance, with a wonderful voice all its own. Readers beware: the food in this novel will leave you ravenous."
    - Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of OTHER EYES

"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 of LAST TRAIN FROM CUERNAVACA, winner of the Spur Award

"For the millions who know Steven Raichlen as the last word on barbecue, it might come as a surprise to discover that he has written a beautifully wrought, highly nuanced novel set amidst the distinctive landscape of Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts. What won’t surprise anyone, though, is that central to the compelling narrative of ISLAND APART is the redemptive power of food and a mindfully prepared meal. Claire Doheney, healing from a serious illness at a friend’s oceanfront mansion, meets an enigmatic character known locally as the Hermit, and as unlikely as it might seem to both of them, sparks begin to fly over their shared passion for cooking, and love ensues. All of this is threatened when Claire unravels the secret of the Hermit’s strange circumstances. Raichlen has moved deftly into the world of fiction, and I, for one, can’t wait for his next creation!"
    - Mitchell Kaplan
      Founder and owner of Books & Books
      Florida, New York, Cayman Islands

"I didn't want to put it down. I was so intrigued by the Hermit --- couldn't wait to find out what his story was and how the relationship would develop. I loved all of the history and island lore; I adored the food theme and scenes throughout the book. I also love the fact that there's a lot to talk about with this book, and that makes it good fodder for book clubs. I can't wait to have ISLAND APART in the store."
    - Sandy Francis
      co-owner of The Bookstore in The Grove
      Miami, Florida