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
“A glorious, satisfying read
that overnight leapt onto this constant reader’s personal
‘Top 5 of 2013′ list.”
BOOKS BY MICHAEL HURLEY
A curious figure of Anglican liturgy who has always caught my eye is the verger. He is that somber fellow who comes into church ahead of the priest in the processional, dressed in black and carrying a rather severe looking baton capped with an equally unyielding, silver cross. It is a weapon—a canonical billy club, for want of a better term. The verger is the “heat,” the protector of the faithful, an historical remnant of what was once something like the priest’s Secret Service detail. His ceremonial office derives from the not infrequent need in ancient Christianity for a stout man who would brook no nonsense from the crowd and use a stick carried in hand—a “verge”—to defend the priest against an unruly and unbelieving mob.
The verger entered the cathedral of Grace Episcopal Church here in Charleston for Maundy Thursday service, yesterday, carrying his staff firmly and confidently as usual. But after the footwashing and Passion, in which the […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Prodigal received the 2nd place award for General Fiction/Novel in the annual Reader Views Literary Awards.
- The Prodigal is reviewed in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association.
- The Prodigal is a finalist in the Somerset Awards for literary fiction by Chanticleer Reviews.
- 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, Buxton Village Books, Changing Hands, Bank Square Books and Head House Books.
- Publishers Weekly describes The Prodigal as “well-crafted prose.”
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Prodigal as “stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
- 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).
- The Prodigal is among five novels shortlisted for the 2013 BookBundlz Book Club Pick.
- 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.
- The Prodigal is featured with an excerpt in the Dublin Review of Books.
- Salt Magazine features Once Upon A Gypsy Moon in its inaugural issue.
- Video of Michael’s remarks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.