Dory Delano, Charlotte Harris, and Turner Graham have been drifting through life since their days as roommates at Smith College, ten years ago. Dory is resisting taking the reins of her family’s legacy and fortune even as she relishes the fabulous lifestyle it affords her in the fashionable seaside resort of Martha’s Vineyard. She invites her old friends to join her for a summer on the Vineyard in hopes of rediscovering the innocence of old days and healing new wounds. But hidden in their midst and unknown to all but a few, a reclusive–some say dangerous–fisherman wanders alone, fueling wild speculation about his purpose and his past. None of these women can imagine the events their encounter with the fisherman will set in motion, the shadow he will cast over their destinies, or the transformation that awaits the world they know.
Meet 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, his first novel, won the Chanticleer Grand Prize. With the $1,000 cash award, Michael formed The Joanne L. Hurley Book Prize for aspiring high school novelists in the Charleston area, in memory of his mother (www.mchurley.com/JLHPrize). The Prodigal was shortlisted for several other literary awards and was well received by critics. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released on November 25, 2014. Kirkus Reviews calls it “addictive, escapist reading” and “deliriously satisfying.”