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.”
In The Vineyard, we meet three women, ten years after their college years together. One of them has changed a lot from the girl she once was - after losing her daughter, she contemplates suicide, and planned to go to Martha's Vineyard for this very purpose. Another struggles with figuring out what she wants in life, and has nothing she enjoys except her blog, which is arguably popular. The third one feels defined by her family's wealth, and would do anything to break free from it.
On the island, they meet a mysterious man named 'the fisherman', who brings change in all of their lives, in unique, unexpected, surprising ways.
The writing is beautiful and haunting, and by far the best part of the book. The characters were adequately complex most of the time, but sometimes their behavior was questionable, and didn't seem to match their general personality. Overall, I did enjoy the book though, and the writing was amazing.