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BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT embodies the despair we must be willing to feel if we are to truly love, and gives us hope that we can integrate not only our separate islands but our separate selves. Mary Walker Baron has crafted a eco-philosophical, eco-psychological and eco-spiritual masterpiece of profound significance and joy. --Jackie Lanum PhD. - Professor, Santa Monica College, International Community of Ecopsychologists, Joanna Macy facilitator

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Mary Walker Baron is a clinical social worker. CONTRARY CREEK her first novel, which she wrote in partnership with her brother, Tom Walker, continues to receive high praise. Although she has never lived on an island in the South Pacific, Mary has proven to herself on more than one occasion that any landing you can walk away from is - if not perfect - at least good enough.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Steel Cut Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936380005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936380008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on January 19, 2012
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Imagine waiting forty years on an isolated Pacific island, waiting for a special someone to fulfill her part of an agreement made so long ago it's almost beyond memory. Such is the life Mere, our main character, is living. It's an existence filled with constant pain and mourning that hasn't lessened with the years. Mere's only comforts are an old, crippled man and watchful woman who cherish Mere as the "Star of the Sea" of this New Guinea island! Others serve Mere and gladly run at her beck and call as if she were the treasure she is perceived to be! The woman who brought her here is revered as a goddess, even in her strange mournful absence!

Every year a mysterious box of gifts arrives on the last day of the year. It's a ritual celebrated on Mere's island almost as a religious rite but one that increases the mystical point of view of the islanders who have guarded Mere's pact for secrecy all these years. They teach her that the highest appreciation of life is to simply and lovingly "be!"

But that other woman now sends a letter in which she states she is dying and wishes Mere to return to New York to be with her beloved in her last days. Here is the journey of an older, dedicated friend who is not always mentally fit but endears all whom she meets on the journey. Inadvertently, she will wind up living as a homeless person who is briefly committed to a mental institution before ending up with her former lover.

But This Is Different is a literate, uniquely crafted novel that is absolutely mesmerizing. Secrets abound and aren't quickly revealed until the reader absorbs the complete personality of the main character which is intellectual, spiritual, and most of all deeply and lovingly emotional. Inner pain is an aching world unto itself.
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No one wants to leave their home, especially when that home is a beautiful hidden island paradise where you have been living on for the last 40 years. But for Mere, Star of the Sea, must force herself to leave, and go on an adventure of pain and love. But This is Different is an emotional stroll with an unusual protagonist. Mere, an eighty-year-old woman, receives a letter written by Pilapan, the Mother Chief, asking Mere to come back to New York. Mere leaves and finds herself in the modern reality, the world of 1978. Mere has to cope with this new world while also balancing her feelings toward her lover. I cannot go into more detail on the plot, because I do not want to spoil this marvelous book.
The strongest feature of this book is the plot. The mystery and intrigue of Mere is addicting, as each clue is like a getting a piece to a larger puzzle. The book is not only rich in plot, but it is also lavishly detailed and driven by high emotion. You care about the characters, and you feel the pain they feel. The detail makes the places and the people in the book feel real. Each character has a spark of life that blooms into a profound pillar that carries Mere to her final destination. Even characters that have miniscule roles have a real depth to them.
I enjoyed the subtle pro-environment message of the book. Mere is spiritually connected to nature and even in the city, the plants and trees are her greatest supporters. The book also has an emotional and physical ending that satisfies. I would be surprised if you do not have a tear in your eye by the end of the book. But This is Different is truly a different kind of book, with a touching story will hook you until the end.
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a remarkably well written book that takes you on a fantasy journey that seems so real about what might have happened with Amelia Earhart had she actually landed on a remote island.
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Full of great vision and imagination. Truly enjoyed book. Ordered hard copies for friends.......couldn't put it down.. Highly recommend to anyone.
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What an imagination..could not put the book down. Very intriguing premise and story, well written too! Very surprising plot and I loved it!
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