A Beautiful Island in New England.
A Time of Healing for Three Women.
A Moment of Destiny for One Man.
From Michael Hurley, winner of the Chanticleer Reviews Grand Prize for his debut novel, The Prodigal, comes a tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery. Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher, known only as “the fisherman,” forces them to confront their deepest beliefs and darkest fears.
“Hurley’s eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly, to the very end.”
“Hurley writes beautifully.”
BOOKS BY MICHAEL HURLEY
Ibrahim shook his head and laughed. He was too smart for him. He would not take the dare. He was already three shots of rum in, and the fourth might be the end of him.
“No, it’s your turn, he said, “unless you’re afraid, that is.”
The Englishman glared at him. He could abide many things on a long voyage, but a snickering challenge from a Bahamian galley-slave was not one of them. He felt his head swim—six shots of rum to Ibrahim’s three—but he was certain he could meet the challenge. Certain as a dead man could be.
“Give it here,” the Englishman snarled. He grabbed the half-empty bottle from Ibrahim’s hands. A cold, low stare rose in Ibrahim’s eyes as he watched the Englishman swallow the rest of the rum.
There were three weeks’ wages in the bargain if he could drink and walk—all the way to the end of the bowsprit and back. It was no mean feat. The seas […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Prodigal wins the 2013 Chanticleer Book Award and the $1,000 cash Grand Prize.
- The Prodigal wins first place in the mainstream fiction category of the Somerset Prize awarded by Chanticleer Reviews.
- The Prodigal receives the 2nd place award for General Fiction/Novel in the annual Reader Views Literary Awards.
- The Prodigal is a finalist for the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for debut novels over 80,000 words.
- The Prodigal is among five novels shortlisted for the 2013 BookBundlz Book Club Pick.
- The Prodigal is reviewed in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association.
- 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.
- 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 featured with an excerpt in the Dublin Review of Books.
- 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.