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
“Pure genius . . . A riveting, socially relevant tale. Undoubtedly one of the best new books I’ve read.”
Chanticleer Book Reviews
BOOKS BY MICHAEL HURLEY
I had intended to write a book for as long as I could remember. The joke about all attorneys having an unfinished novel on a laptop somewhere was as true of me as any of my peers. But for decades after I entered private practice, I was in no hurry to finish. The truth be told, I was intimidated by the whole process. A lawyer’s trade is expository writing, which means persuading people by telling them what you want them to know, whereas the novelist’s craft is showing readers a story through descriptive narrative, dialogue, and plot.
By the time I graduated from law school I had written a few magazine articles, and these credits were featured prominently on my resume when I went to look for a job. In one interview a thirty-something lawyer, who I could tell had a novel of his own brewing somewhere, asked me whether I had ever tried writing fiction. I told him that […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Prodigal receives the “Indie Reader Approved” emblem from IndieReader.com
- The Prodigal receives a coveted 5-star review from Chanticleer.
- The Prodigal is reviewed in Publishers Weekly.
- Listen to Michael on the Drew Marshall Show from Toronto.
- The Prodigal is among five novels shortlisted for the 2013 BookBundlz Book Club Pick.
- Listen to Michael on NPR station WUNC during ”The State of Things” with host Frank Stasio.
- 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.
- BookTrib gives The Prodigal five stars and names it as one of reviewer Linda Hitchcock’s top 5 books of 2013.
- The Prodigal is featured with an excerpt in the Dublin Review of Books.
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Prodigal as “stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
- Salt Magazine features Once Upon A Gypsy Moon in its inaugural issue.
- Video of Michael’s remarks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.