Book Review The Vineyard


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

Author: Michael Hurley

Genre: Literary Fiction

Rating: A+

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.”

In this complex, allegorical story, three women meet each other again after ten years. College best friends, they’re all quite different, and each of them is wounded in her own way. The three come to Martha’s Vineyard for vastly different reasons, and there they meet the ‘fisherman”, a reclusive poacher who threatens to change everything they believe about each other, and about the world.

Literary fiction at its finest, this story combines spellbinding writing with an interesting plot and characters. Without giving too much away, I was confused and then awed by the role of the ‘fisherman’, and the consequences his appearance had on the main characters.


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