On The Island: A Novel

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On The Island: A Novel

by Tracey Garvis Graves

Plume | July 10, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive-and slowly fall in love-in the runaway New York Times bestseller from the author of the forthcoming novel COVET.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that's going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan's summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives' twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they're stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014219672X

ISBN - 13: 9780142196724

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On The Island: A Novel

by Tracey Garvis Graves

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Plume

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014219672X

ISBN - 13: 9780142196724

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Chapter 1 Anna June 2001 I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J. Callahan and I were traveling on crash-landed in the Indian Ocean. T.J. was sixteen, and three months into remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The pilot’s name was Mick, but he died before we hit the water. My boyfriend, John, drove me to the airport even though he was third on my list, below my mom and my sister, Sarah, of the people I wanted to take me. We fought the crowd, each of us pulling a large, wheeled suitcase, and I wondered if everyone in Chicago had decided to fly somewhere that day. When we finally reached the US Airways counter, the ticket agent smiled, tagged my luggage, and handed me a boarding pass. “Thank you, Miss Emerson. I’ve checked you all the way through to Malé. Have a safe trip.” I slipped the boarding pass into my purse and turned to say good-bye to John. “Thanks for driving me.” “I’ll walk with you, Anna.” “You don’t have to,” I said, shaking my head. He flinched. “I want to.” We shuffled along in silence, following the throng of slow-moving passengers. At the gate John asked, “What’s he look like?” “Skinny and bald.” I scanned the crowd and smiled when I spotted T.J. because short brown hair now covered his head. I waved, and he acknowledged me with a nod while the boy sitting next to him elbowed him in the ribs. “Who’s the other kid?”
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Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive-and slowly fall in love-in the runaway New York Times bestseller from the author of the forthcoming novel COVET.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that's going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan's summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives' twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they're stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

About the Author

Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. This is her first novel. She loves hearing from her fans and can be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves.
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