A Beautiful Island in New England.
A Time of Healing for Three Women.
A Moment of Destiny for One Man.
From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize, comes a tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery.
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.
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“Hurley writes beautifully”– Kirkus Reviews on The Prodigal
“Hurley’s eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly, to the very end.”– ForeWord Clarion Review
Book Excerpt from Chapter 10
Despite the tumultuous beginning of the season and the clouds in Dory’s future, June in Edgartown was as bright as ever, and the three friends took advantage of every minute of it. There were walks down Main Street on sunny afternoons carrying giant, round mounds of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, teetering three-high and dribbling down onto sticky fingers before it was licked gone. There were steamed little neck clams with butter sauce and fresh horseradish, served with gin and tonics on the porch of The Crew House, overlooking the harbor, and the good-looking, Italian waiter who worked there. It became Turner’s mission to see how many times she could get him to use the word “Tanqueray” in a sentence, because she liked the way he said it. There were lazy hours lying on the beach by the lighthouse and meandering hunts for the perfect cockleshell, and double-dog dares to go skinny-dipping after dark that always descended into fully-clothed refusals, recriminations, and false accusations of prudery—the truth, however, being that none of them was eager to expose great white bellies bursting with clams and Tanqueray and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream.
About the Author
Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.
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I absolutely loved reading this book! It had so many different themes – but faith and friendship were definitely at the forefront. The friendship that existed between the three main characters – Dory, Charlotte and Turner – was not only fascinating to me, but also was very enjoyable to read. I could relate to their friendship and it gave me great joy to read about it. I could relate also, to all three women in one aspect or another.
I could relate to Charlotte because of the love she had for her child and how she would do absolutely anything to make sure that she did all she could for her child, in life and in death.
I could relate to Dory because of the very complicated relationship she had with her mother. And the daily struggle she felt with wanting to please her mother, yet wanting to plow her own way in life.
And I could relate to Turner because I understand what it is like to feel like you need to be more than what you feel that you are.
This book was extremely well-written and thought provoking. I was glued to the book with every turn of the page. I was genuinely interested in what would happen to these three women. The book was intriguing and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend that you check it out!
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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