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"Gentle and elegaic... makes the reader believe in love in a whole new way. This is a wonderful novel."
Luanne Rice


“Coburn's beautifully realized second novel is a perceptive assessment of what women do in love. A richly conceived portrait of memory and identity.”—Kirkus Reviews


In this accomplished and dazzlingly written new novel, Randy Sue Coburn brings to life with tremendous heart, humor, and wisdom the Pacific Northwest enclave of Owl Island and its many unforgettable inhabitants. Among the aromatic cedars and lush firs, close to where Chinook salmon maneuver the choppy waters, Phoebe Allen has lived quietly and self-sufficiently for twenty years, raising her daughter, Laurienne, and running a small fishing-net business. But Phoebe's past suddenly washes up on the shores of Owl Island: Renowned independent film director Whitney Traynor buys a house nearby on Spit in the Wind Road, forcing Phoebe to pry open the lid she's kept clamped on her secrets and scars, plunging her ordered existence into chaos.

Whit was charismatic enough to “charm the ice off a dog dish” when Phoebe first fell in love with him as a voice on the radio, and he has not lost his touch - or his propensity to stir things up without even trying. Phoebe, Laurienne, and everyone else living on Owl Island are affected by his arrival. And Phoebe's newfound intimacy with Ivan, a longtime friend and neighbor, far from offering escape, only further complicates matters. Memories of Whit transport Phoebe to a time long ago - one of innocence and awakening, passion and purpose, euphoria and regret - before their intense relationship came to an acrimonious end.

All these years, Phoebe has concealed truths from her daughter and may now be forced to divulge them. As the past rushes toward the present like an inevitable tide, Phoebe must also confront the early loss of her mother, whose own mysteries are at last beginning to surface.

A deeply affecting portrait of mothers and lovers, daughters and forgiveness, Owl Island reveals the damaging power of secrets, the importance of community, and the liberating lessons of love.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Owl Island: A Novel
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
ISBN: 0-345-48763-X / 978-0-345-48763-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Owl Island: A Novel
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
ISBN: 0-345-49477-6 / 978-0-345-49477-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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May 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Owl Island: A Novel
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
ISBN: 0-345-49871-2 / 978-0-345-49871-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

September 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: Owl Island
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Owl Island
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
ISBN: 0-7861-4652-4 / 978-0-7861-4652-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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July 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: Owl Island
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
ISBN: 0-7861-6782-3 / 978-0-7861-6782-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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July 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: Owl Island
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
ISBN: 0-7861-7414-5 / 978-0-7861-7414-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Owl Island: A Novel
Author(s): Randy Sue Coburn
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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