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
Over a crackly cell phone connection this afternoon in an Atlanta Bread Company cafe in Charleston, amid whirring blenders and grinding ice machines, I could hear just enough of the three-way conference call with producer Diane Isaacs and editor Kiffer Brown to know that we had come to terms. “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’” as Billy Preston would say, and nothin’ but a dream is exactly what I’ve got at the moment. But when your dream is shared by people who are in the dream-making business, well, that’s really something.
Diane Sillan Isaacs is the Hollywood producer who has taken a shine to The Prodigal and today agreed to take on the job of bringing it to a movie theater near you. She is the former head of Green Moon Productions in Santa Monica, the film company started by Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. Some of her notable producing credits include Imagining Argentina, starring Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson and Antonio Banderas, and Crazy in Alabama, […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- 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.