“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
Most people have heard of the mutiny on the Bounty. Even though the actual events occurred in the year 1789, the drama is just perfect for the silver screen, which explains why no fewer than four movies have been made about it. All the elements Hollywood could wish for are there: sunny, palm-shaded islands on the far side of the world; credulous, naked Tahitian women; homesick, pasty-faced British sailors who decide (surprise!) they would sooner betray king and country than give up all that to return to the squeamish, straitlaced sweethearts waiting for them at home.
But for all its prurient allure, the story of those gullible sailors and their fetching paramours is not nearly as compelling as the one told by the guy who was set adrift. With no charts, no sextant, and only a five-day supply of food and water, Captain William Bligh navigated a wave-swamped, twenty-three-foot open lifeboat loaded to the gunwales with eighteen men, over 3,600 stormy […]
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.
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- 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.