Book Excerpt from The Vineyard

10 Nov

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Today I’m hosting a snippet from a literary fiction novel, “The Vineyard”. I hope you enjoy the snippet.

Book Excerpt

CHAPTER 3:

Trafalgar Wallace the Third, referred to by friend and foe alike as “Tripp,” was not widely regarded as a good man or a bad man, as most people measure character. He was known as a practical man, which is a very different thing. He came from a long line of practical men who knew two things well enough that they didn’t need or care to know much else: the proper way to invest the family’s money and the proper way to spend it—or not spend it, preferably, while enjoying the things money could buy before grudgingly passing the remainder on to the next ungrateful generation. By this self-defeating credo, as the Wallace family tree spread and swelled in size across the centuries, the multiplying heirs were required to spend less of the family’s money than those who came before them. This demanded a temperament they all distinctly lacked. As the latest Wallace heir, Tripp was doing on the ocean that day what he did best: squandering what was left of his inheritance.

About 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.”

Author Bio

???????????????????????????????Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University.

The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press on November 25, 2014.

Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005.  It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine.  In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.

When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house.  His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.

Links

YouTube Video Book Trailer:  http://youtu.be/iXfSuF1t9ss

Website: www.mchurley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mchurleybooks
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5445584.Michael_C_Hurley

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