David Hogan is an acclaimed playwright whose works have been widely produced. Most recently, the NPI-award winning Capital was recommended by LA Weekly and No Sit – No Stand – No Lie opened the ‘Resilience of the Spirit’ Human Rights Festival in San Diego, California.
A dual citizen of the US and Ireland, David Hogan lived and worked in Greece for a number of years. He currently resides in Southern California where he is an avid surfer.
Author’s blog: davidhoganwriter.com
THE LAST ISLAND
A Boston fireman, in an attempt to flee personal and professional tragedy, accepts a job as a bartender on a Greek island. In an isolated cove, he meets Kerryn, an animal rights activist who believes dolphins possess consciousness, intelligence and souls.
Kerryn enjoys an extraordinary and personal relationship with a dolphin and is waging a covert war to stop the local fishermen from using illegal nets that not only deplete the sea of fish but also take dolphins’ lives.
The fireman is pulled into this conflict as his relationship with Kerryn deepens. But Kerryn’s passion and convictions lead her to make a fatal decision that changes the island and both their lives forever.
The novel’s emotional landscape and its themes of environmentalism, animal rights, and the costs of capitalism make The Last Island both timely and timeless.
“The Last Island delivers smoothly an unforgettable experience you won’t get anywhere else.” —TheReaderAndTheChef.blogspot.ie
“Hogan’s adept storytelling makes us ponder our spiritual essence.” —The Greek Star
“A thought provoking bitter-sweet tale. A story of running from one’s self, trying to find the better man that you just “know” is somewhere inside. A story of seeking refuge, trying to preserve a refuge, attempting to keep an old way of life that has survived for thousands of years. A story of belonging, finding ones place in this world, acceptance, being outcast, looking in from the outside. A war of conflict within the soul and with the modern world. Fighting inner demons, fighting demons from without. Trying to find a place of peace and balance. Learning to be, learning to need less.” —Reader’s review
“I would compare the ambition and skill here to Barbara Kingsolver at her best.” —Reader’s review
Publisher: Betimes Books (2013)
Rights held: World