Title: The Prodigal: A Novel by Michael Hurley
Published May 28; 20132; CreateSpace
Genre: novel with supernatural elements
Ocracoke Island, 2010
And so Aidan, the proud one, a man who refused above all else to learn from his own mistakes much less the errors of history, came at last to this island. Of course it would be a wild place. A sea place. A dwelling made of memory, sand, and wind. A world that already knew his name. Here he slept, unsuspecting, in the peace of the unborn. But every birth is a time of becoming, and Aidan's time had come. (ch. 1)Watch the trailer at: http (colon) youtu.be/Bp49DoGEBH0.
Publisher description: This allegorical tale begins with the escape of a Gypsy princess and her young lover from her father's camp in 1851. 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, Aidan Sharpe, an aging lawyer, 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.
ReviewHurley (Once Upon a Gypsy Moon, 2013, etc.) writes an intriguing, well-plotted and multilayered novel whose heroes are interestingly flawed. In various ways they struggle with faith, whether in God or other human beings. The supernatural elements--a religious relic, a gypsy woman out of legend--are thoughtfully handled. Hurley writes beautifully, especially in depicting nautical and island life. . . Stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea's magic. -Kirkus Reviews
I received a complimentary review copy of this book.