“Well written. Riveting, with complex characters. Hurley has crafted a strong story that examines friendship, corruption, mysticism, and love.” —Publishers Weekly
“Addictive, escapist reading. Deliriously satisfying.” —Kirkus
“[A] spellbinding, beautifully written creation.” —Long & Short Reviews
“[A] tale both hopeful and tragic, with an ending that will leave you lost in thought.” —The Book Wheel
“Beautifully crafted, flawlessly written, and a resounding novel of friendship, pain, and ultimate forgiveness.” —Literary R & R
Welcome aboard! Starting May 25, 2015, follow me on a forty-day, 3,400-mile solo passage across the Atlantic from Charleston to Ireland aboard a 30-foot sailboat. To see to a map that will go “live” on May 25 with my current position via satellite and read my posts about conditions at sea, click on the photo at right. The voyage will be part of the writing process for my forthcoming novel, The Passage, and will also be used to obtain film footage for a docudrama to be based on the book. To read a free copy of the first chapters of THE PASSAGE, click on the “Download Now” button, below. —Michael
BOOKS BY MICHAEL HURLEY
“Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices, who wandered far and wide after he had sacked Troy’s sacred city, and saw the towns of many men and knew their mind.” –Homer, The Odyssey
In six days’ time, I will leave Charleston alone aboard a thirty-foot ketch bound for Ireland and from there to a life and points unknown. I have come to say farewell. There is more news in this than you might suppose.
It is a dangerous business, writing about a voyage before it has begun. Several things could happen. I could suffer, within sight of the dock, a failure of courage or other catastrophe that would hasten my return to the very people I have just made so much ceremony of leaving. Or, I might leave and never come back for any number of voluntary or involuntary reasons. It is the possibility, not the probability, of the latter that compels me to write these words.
To my friends and […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Vineyard wins the 2015 Eric Hoffer Prize for General Fiction.
- Canoe & Kayak magazine plans to review and publish serial excerpts of the 20th anniversary edition of Hurley’s Journal.
- The Prodigal is now available on Audible.com.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Vineyard, calling it “riveting” and “well-written.”
- An audiobook edition of The Vineyard is now out on Audible.com.
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Vineyard as “addictive, escapist reading” with a “deliriously satisfying” conclusion.
- The Prodigal wins the 2013 Chanticleer Reviews Book Award and the $1,000 cash Grand Prize. The Joanne L. Hurley Book Prize is formed in memory of the author’s mother with the proceeds.
- Publishers Weekly describes The Prodigal as “well-crafted prose.”
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Prodigal as “stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
- ForeWord Clarion Review gives The Prodigal five stars, calling it “a masterpiece of artistic imagination.”
- The Prodigal is reviewed in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association.
- The Prodigal crosses the pond with an excerpt in the Dublin Review of Books.
- 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, Changing Hands, Bank Square Books, Head House Books, Buxton Village Books, and Scuttlebutt Nautical Books & Gifts.
- 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).
- 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.
- Salt Magazine features Once Upon A Gypsy Moon in its inaugural issue.
- Video of Michael’s remarks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.