The Hermit of Chappaquiddick: Read an Excerpt


Here’s a reality about me a few of it’s possible you’ll not know: In addition to being a meals author and TV host, I additionally wrote a novel.

Well, right here’s one other reality it’s possible you’ll not know—probably the most irritating issues about being an creator is that you simply don’t all the time get to decide on your ebook’s title. I initially referred to as my novel The Hermit of Chappaquiddickthe title of its foremost characterThe writer insisted on the extra impartial—dare I say bland—title, Island Apart. 

So for the brand new Amazon version of my novel—out there each as an e-book on Kindle and as a printed ebook, I went again to my authentic title.  It’s the identical story of affection, loss, and redemption. But now with the title I all the time dreamed of.  Plus a bonus chapter that didn’t make it into the unique ebook—the backstory of one among my favourite supporting characters: Sheila.

As the title suggests, the story takes place on a tiny island steeped in historical past and controversy: Chappaquiddick.   Attached to, however very separate from Martha’s Vineyard, it’s additionally the island the place, for the final 20 years, I’ve spent my summers and falls.

The thought for the story got here to me after we began constructing our home.   It percolated for 10 years earlier than I truly began writing it.   I knew there could be a hermit—a quiet man with a secret, who lived off the land and other than others.   I knew there could be a New York ebook editor—a sort and gracious girl with a critical sickness—who would spend a 12 months on Chappaquiddick making an attempt to get better.   I knew she would have a rebellious daughter with a biker boyfriend, a big-hearted greatest good friend, a tyrannical boss, and a coterie of colourful neighbors on her newfound New England island residence.   Oddly, I additionally knew the story would additionally contain the real-life iconoclastic psychotherapist, Wilhelm Reich.

Writing is a mysterious course of.   The day the phrases The Hermit of Chappaquiddick popped into my head, I knew how the story would start and the way it might finish.   I simply didn’t know what would occur alongside the way in which.   But I knew there could be a number of nice meals and that cooking would deliver everybody collectively.

You could also be stunned to seek out that, whereas that is undoubtedly a foodie love story, you gained’t discover any barbecue.   This was deliberate: most of you recognize me by way of my books and TV reveals about smoke and fireplace.   I wished you to see one other aspect of me as a author.   However, I guarantee you, the following novel will certainly contain barbecue.   So will the following cookbook, which I’m engaged on already.

Likewise, whereas there’s a number of nice meals in The Hermit of Chappaquiddick, there aren’t any recipes.   Again, I wished this ebook judged as a novel, not a cookbook.   But you will see recipes for lots of the dishes the Hermit and Claire cook dinner:

I hope you take pleasure in studying The Hermit of Chappaquiddick as a lot as I loved writing it.   And now, to whet your urge for food because it have been, see under for an excerpt from the primary few chapters.

Steven Raichlen
Chappaquiddick Island

Read An Excerpt of The Hermit of Chappaquiddick

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