“A thoughtful and poetic story . . . Hurley fearlessly tackles big issues in his finely crafted novel, as Fitz and his fellow travelers ponder the nature of love, the morality of abortion, and the paralyzing power of grief and guilt.”
“A very highly recommended novel of self-discovery. Hurley writes with a depth, intelligence, and thoughtfulness that make you crave more.”
–Lori Lutes, She Treads Softly
“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” –The Grateful Dead
Well, better late than never, as they say. It took me a while—fifty-nine years, to be exact—but after a lifetime of sailing, more than my share of lost and sunken boats, two lost and sunken marriages, and the usual coming and going of storms both material and ethereal that all of us must face, I finally crossed an ocean and made it to the other side, still standing aboard the same vessel I set out upon. If I were to say nothing else about it, a simple “hurrah!” would suffice to convey much of what I feel. I have witnessed, from a small and fragile arc, something of awesome expanse and power of the Earth that few people ever know. I have sailed literally in the wake of Columbus, known some of the same fears, watched the same mysteries unfold, by the same means and methods. It is good to […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Vineyard wins the 2015 Eric Hoffer Prize for General Fiction.
- The Vineyard is shortlisted for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize along with notable fiction and nonfiction works from small and university presses, including Oxford University and the Universities of Texas, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alaska.
- 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.