Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man's Yearning for Redemptionby Michael Hurley
Michael Hurley watched his world unravel in the wake of infidelity, divorce and failure. In August 2009, he was short of money, out of a job, and seeking to salvage a life that had foundered. Deeply in need of perspective, he took to the open seas in a 32-foot sailboat, Gypsy Moon. The story of his 2-year outward odyssey, deterred by rough weather and mechanical
Michael Hurley watched his world unravel in the wake of infidelity, divorce and failure. In August 2009, he was short of money, out of a job, and seeking to salvage a life that had foundered. Deeply in need of perspective, he took to the open seas in a 32-foot sailboat, Gypsy Moon. The story of his 2-year outward odyssey, deterred by rough weather and mechanical troubles, combines keen observation, poignant thoughts, and deeper introspection with glorious prose.
Once Upon a Gypsy Moon also presents a rare and much-needed point of view on the familiar spiritual-journey narrative. It offers a star-crossed love story wrapped inside a rollicking good sea tale, but it also has something important to say to the reader about relationships, faith and disbelief, life and death, love and marriage, and what really matters.
Hurley writes beautifully, never confusing sensitivity with sentimentality. There's never any embarrassing self-revelation, and never any whimsy, and yet he makes himself a cheerful and engaging traveling companion. But, best (and rarest) of all, he can tell a story. I genuinely want to know what happens next."Charles Foster, author of The Sacred Journey"
Poignant without being maudlin and spiritual without being sanctimonious...A striking memoir of personal discovery."Kirkus Reviews
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Meet the Author
A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Michael Hurley has practiced law since 1984. He is the author of Letters from the Woods and several essays about "slices of life." He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Susan and three dogs. Together they have four children.
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This book provides a glimpse into the life of a man who has reached middle-age and finds himself in an unexpected place. A broken marriage and carrer force him to reevaluate his priorities and choices in the life. The book describes that personal journey and gives the reader much to consider. I enjoyed the book but must caution sailors that this is NOT a sailing story... that is simply the backdrop for the author's reflections and provides a framework for the narrative.
By: Michael Hurley Published By: Center Street Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating:4 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Once Upon a Gypsy Moon" by Michael Hurley was a good biography of this author's journey 'not only the open seas but through life. Mr. Hurley has done a good job as her interweaves the sea (ocean) and its 'interchangeable aspects' of this novel to give the reader a clear understanding of this journey that even enters into his 'spiritual side. Michael Hurley had be a trial attorney and was also a professional sailor. His life will go through many changes such as 'loss, courage, determination, contentment giving it all and learning to let go.' Wow, this was just a wonderful delivered story of Michael Hurley's life. In this memoir, he wrote about his divorced after twenty five years of marriage and being alone and even confessing that he had cheated. I liked how he was man enough to take the blame for what had happened. The descriptions of the sea and his boat 'Gypsy Moon' was simply off the chart ....good. The memoir was of Michael Hurley who had a hard life and was now learning new lessons and that one thing was the goal of sailing around the world. Now as he falls in love and making a new life for himself...we can only say he is doing it. This was one beautiful presentation that will appeal to 'the hearts of dreamers and romantics, be it land or sea.' Would I recommend this novel? YES!