Book Review The Vineyard

?????????????????????????????????????????????Title: The Vineyard

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.”

Three women who haven’t seen each other since their college years, meet up again for a reunion, and agree to spend a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. They’ve changed quite a lot from their college years though, and they have to come to terms with those changes in themselves, and in the others.

They encounter a reclusive poacher called “the fisherman”, who threatens to change everything they ever believed in, about the world, about each other, about themselves. The author uses haunting, lyrical prose to sketch the lives of the women, to make them come alive on the pages. Very impressive.

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