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.”
Offering beautiful prose and unexpected twists, The Vineyard was my first read of the year, but I'm sure it'll be a memorable one, and I'll rermember it for months to come. The book shows us an insight in the inner turmoil of three protagonists, middle-aged women who struggle with depression, lack of goals, and having one's destiny predetermined by the family. Each of them has their own set of struggles and although friends, they hide a lot for each other, themselves, and the outside world. Then comes 'the fisherman', who changes their world forever. Literary fiction at its finest.