Author: Michael Hurley
Genre: Literary Fiction
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.”
Lanie's Thoughts: The book had a bit of a slow start, but picked up once I got past the initial chapters. It's no surprise after reading this book that the author already won a prize for his debut - his writing style is excellent.
Mel's Thoughts: The premise worked, as in the three college friends who drifted apart and are now spending the summer together. The book offered a melancholic look on life, and added in some mystery and mysticism, especially with the figure of "the fisherman". I enjoyed it.
Jilly's Thoughts: Usually literary fiction is either a hit or miss - this one is definitely a hit. I loved the descriptions of life on the island. The writing was the strong point of this book.