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An ocean apart : a novel
Pilcher, Robin.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
698 pages ; 24 cm
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David Corstorphine is devastated by overwhelming grief when his wife succumbs to cancer. In search of solace, he takes his family to Inchelvie, his parents' home in the Scottish countryside, then withdraws from life in general. It is a crisis at the family business that forces David to begin his tentative return to the world of the living. On a business trip to America, David meets a lonely boy, Benjy and soon discovers that he needs Benjy even more than Benjy needs him.

Author Notes

Robin Pilcher was born on August 10, 1950 in Dundee, Scotland. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a cowboy, an assistant film cameraman, a farmer, a public relations and marketing consultant and a tennis coach. His books include An Ocean Apart (1999), Starting Over (2002), A Risk Worth Taking (2004), and Starburst (2008).

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This protracted novel opens in rural Scotland, where David Corstorphine, overwhelmed by the death of his wife of 18 years, has sequestered himself at his parents' estate and devoted his energies to gardening. He is then dispatched to the United States after a crisis in the family-owned distillery business, where he falls apart at an important meeting after being asked about his marital status. Retreating to a friend's home on Long Island, David senses that the anonymity he enjoys in this setting is the remedy for his problems. A temporary job as a gardener for a wealthy two-career couple and their troubled son sets the stage for David's renewal, as he helps the boy to come out of his shell, endearing himself to the boy's lovely mother, whose troubled marriage leaves her unsatisfied. Meanwhile, the managing director at the distillery has been plotting to take over the company in David's absence. Actress Samantha Eggar reads both abridged and unabridged versions with dramatic flair, distinct characterizations, and lively accents. While some character development is sacrificed in the abridged version, the plot is carefully preserved, and this shorter version is a more suitable selection for public library collections.ÄLinda Bredengerd, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib., Bradford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.