The Prodigal by Michael Hurley
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The work satisfyingly explores several themes: mystery, genuine teamwork, adventure and love. Stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.
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“Stirring, romantic, and evocative of the sea’s magic.” —Kirkus Reviews

This sweeping allegorical tale begins with the escape of a Gypsy princess and her young lover from her father’s camp in 1851, recalling the flight of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The boy steals Prodigal, a sailing ship blessed with unnatural speed, and the lovers escape to sea, leaving the father to grieve for the loss and pine for the return of his child. More than 150 years later on Ocracoke Island we meet Aidan Sharpe, an aging lawyer, as he rises from the sand of a remote beach after a lost weekend. While struggling to rebuild his life in this lonely outpost of the Outer Banks, Aidan is caught up in a two-thousand-year-old mystery that unfolds with the sudden reappearance of Prodigal off the coast, adrift and unmanned. Its discovery will lead Aidan and those close to him into the deep, in a race between time and eternity.

“[A]n intriguing, well-plotted, and multilayered novel. The supernatural elements—a religious relic, a gypsy woman out of legend—are thougtfully handled. Hurley writes beautifully, especially when depicting island and nautical life.” —Kirkus Reviews
 

About Michael Hurley

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Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he holds a degree in English education from the University of Maryland, a law degree from St. Louis University, and a captain's license-albeit long-since expired-from the United States Coast Guard. He entered the private practice of law in 1984 and has tried numerous jury cases involving allegations of medical malpractice. He enjoys keeping up with readers and life in general at mchurley.com.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. The Prodigal is his first novel.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Ragbagger Press. 359 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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on May 16 2014

The work satisfyingly explores several themes: mystery, genuine teamwork, adventure and love. Stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.

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Reviewed by Leslie Wright on Nov 18 2013

This would be a great book for a reading group or book club. It would also do well as a curl up on the couch and dream of adventure story. Hurley has given us something to think about and believe in: ourselves.

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"Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another."
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