Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man's Yearning for Redemption

Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man's Yearning for Redemption

by Michael Hurley


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455529339
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 To Sail 3

Chapter 2 A Voyage Begins 7

Chapter 3 Weather Signs 11

Chapter 4 A Voyage Lost 14

Chapter 5 Preparations for Sea 20

Chapter 6 A Time to Go 24

Chapter 7 Whistling in the Graveyard 30

Chapter 8 Landfall Beaufort 33

Chapter 9 A Homecoming 37

Chapter 10 An Unlikely Adventurer 45

Chapter 11 What Dean Martin Knew 49

Chapter 12 A Moment of Indecision 55

Chapter 13 A Wanderer s Vigil 61

Chapter 14 A Voice in the Darkness 66

Chapter 15 Thanksgiving 69

Chapter 16 A Cold Rain 75

Chapter 17 A Simple Vessel 77

Chapter 18 A Following Sea 82

Chapter 19 A Yearning 86

Chapter 20 Africa Beckons 89

Chapter 21 A Harbor Homecoming 95

Chapter 22 The Siren's Song 98

Chapter 23 The Promised Land 102

Chapter 24 The Pearl of Great Price 105

Chapter 25 The Secret 111

Chapter 26 The Story 120

Chapter 27 Gathering Stones 125

Chapter 28 Casting Away 127

Chapter 29 The Passage 130

Chapter 30 On Right Marriage 133

Chapter 31 A Mystery Unfolds 138

Chapter 32 An Immodest Proposal 146

Chapter 33 A Boy's Will 151

Chapter 34 A Moment of Truth 153

Chapter 35 A Plan in Earnest 157

Chapter 36 To Sea at Last 160

Chapter 37 The Crossing 162

Chapter 38 Atlantis Rising 165

Chapter 39 Landfall Nassau 169

Chapter 40 Coming Ashore 172

Chapter 41 Sailors and Lunatics 179

Chapter 42 A Pilgrim's Tale 183

Chapter 43 Golden Calves 188

Chapter 44 What the Nomad Knows 192

Chapter 45 Journey of the Magi 198

Chapter 46 The Stranger 211

Chapter 47 The Gift 214

Chapter 48 Maiden Voyage 217

Chapter 49 The Perfect Mahimahi 220

Chapter 50 The Voyage to Come 231

The Loss of the Gypsy Moon 235

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Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man's Yearning for Redemption 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
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!