Author: Michael Hurley
BISC: Literary fiction; Fiction general
Format: Trade Paper, 5 x 8, 384 pages
Publisher: Ragbagger Press (November 25, 2014)
About the book:
From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious, allegorical tale of old money, young passion and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside village.
Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other.
“Hurley writes beautifully,” says Kirkus Reviews, “especially when describing island and nautical life.” Publishers Weekly praises “his well-crafted prose.”
About the author:
Born in Baltimore in 1958, Michael Hurley holds a degree in English Education from the University of Maryland and a law degree from St. Louis University. He is admitted to the bar in Texas and North Carolina. Michael's debut novel, The Prodigal, won the 2013 Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction from Chanticleer Reviews and was shortlisted for several other literary awards. His first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of essays chosen as a finalist for the ForeWord Review Book of the Year Award in 2005. In 2012, Hachette Book Group published his sailing memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, about the 2,200 mile solo voyage that ended with the loss of his boat in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti. The Vineyard is his second novel. After more than thirty years in trial practice, Michael retired in 2014 to write, sail, and pursue the secret of life full time. He lives near Charleston, South Carolina.