Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship in the debut novel by Michael Hurley that Kirkus calls ”stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
“ A masterpiece of artistic imagination. Hurley’s eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly, to the very end.”
ForeWord Clarion Review
“A glorious, satisfying read
that overnight leapt onto this constant reader’s personal
‘Top 5 of 2013′ list.”
BOOKS BY MICHAEL HURLEY
Well, today marks my last day as a full-time resident of the State of North Carolina. The movers come at 1 p.m. I’m headed to the Holy City, where my bride has gone before me to take a fabulous job by which she intends to keep me in the style to which I have become accustomed—very likely to be necessary unless I start selling a great many more books. In May, Lord willing, I will sail the thirty-foot, Allied Seawind ketch Prodigal solo from Chesapeake Bay to Charleston—perhaps by way of Bermuda if I can find my courage, this being my first foray into the blue mystery since the knockdown off Cuba. When all is said and done and I’m home from sea and safe in port, new plans will percolate as ever they have, and new dreams will surely beckon. In the meantime, I thought to collect in a photo album some fond memories of my days as a Tar Heel, lo these past twenty-two years. […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Prodigal is a finalist in the Somerset Awards for literary fiction by Chanticleer Reviews.
- Barnes & Noble’s Small Press Department in New York announces it will stock The Prodigal in selected stores.
- The Prodigal comes to indie bookstore shelves, including Politics & Prose, Tattered Cover, Quail Ridge Books, Booktowne, Cannon Beach Books, Buxton Village Books, Changing Hands, Bank Square Books and Head House Books.
- Publishers Weekly describes The Prodigal as “well-crafted prose.”
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Prodigal as “stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
- Listen to Michael on NPR station WUNC during ”The State of Things” with host Frank Stasio.
- Listen to Michael on the Drew Marshall Show from Toronto (Mp3 download).
- The Prodigal is among five novels shortlisted for the 2013 BookBundlz Book Club Pick.
- ForeWord Clarion Review gives The Prodigal five stars, calling it “a masterpiece of artistic imagination.”
- Watch Michael on the ”Virginia This Morning” program on CBS TV affiliate WTVR in Richmond.
- Listen to Michael on ”The Bottom Line” program on KBRT radio Los Angeles.
- The Prodigal is featured with an excerpt in the Dublin Review of Books.
- Salt Magazine features Once Upon A Gypsy Moon in its inaugural issue.
- Video of Michael’s remarks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.