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Friends, you can now get signed copies of #thedevoted at @powellsbooks. I’m so happy to have these at this incredible bookstore! #lifegoals #amreading #debutauthor #writing

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It’s hard to believe, but #thedevoted has been out in the world for three grand months. I’ve traveled all over the east coast and beyond and I’ve met wonderful fellow writers and readers everywhere I’ve gone. The contemplative art of diving into a novel is alive and well. If you haven’t read it yet, consider the devoted, or consider it as a gift for the reader in your life. And thanks for your support! .
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What an amazing reading back in Princeton with @regality_bites and @zillianzi at #labyrinthbooks, with @joycecaroloates3146 as our moderator! These writers and their books are stunning. .
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Launch Day for The Devoted!

THE DEVOTED is officially available for purchase in bookstores or online! It’s been such a busy few weeks that I haven’t updated the site here. So here’s a roundup of some of the most exciting things that have been happening with the book:

On launch day, I signed copies of The Devoted at bookstores in New York, including The Strand, McNally Jackson, and Kinokuniya. And I read at the amazing H.I.P. Lit series.

TIME MAGAZINE reviewed The Devoted, in conversation with R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries! Eliana Dockterman writes, “Both novels set themselves apart from others in the genre with a terrifying but insightful warning not to look for easy answers offered by false prophets”: False Prophets Come Under Fire in Two Timely Summer Novels

The Rumpus reviewed The Devoted! Maikie Paje writes, “The Devoted is a personal journey. Who you are informs your reading experience. Hurley leaves you thinking and sorting through feelings long after her final page”: Finding Her Way: The Devoted by Blair Hurley

Thanks to all the teachers, readers, writers, and friends who have brought the book to bookstores, and continue to support its release.

Readings and Events

It’s almost here, readers — THE DEVOTED will be available online and in bookstores on August 21st! It would mean a lot if you pre-ordered, on Amazon or at the Indie bookstore of your choice:
Amazon pre-order
Indie pre-order

Recent News about THE DEVOTED:

Booklist gave THE DEVOTED a starred review! Here’s an excerpt:
“Hurley’s debut is a breathtaking performance, portraying not just the ugly corners of an abusive relationship but also how faith can color the contours of our lives. With absolutely spot-on descriptions of Boston, this spellbinding story adds much-needed nuance to the discussion of faith and what we’re willing to forsake in the name of absolution.”

Library Journal picked THE DEVOTED as one of its Summer/Fall Best Reads and wrote “All lovers of great fiction with complex characters as well as anyone fascinated by narratives about religious cults will want.”

And THE DEVOTED is on the Center for Fiction’s longlist for its First Novel Prize!

I’m so excited to see the responses that have started coming in. And finally, I’ll be doing events this summer and fall in Boston, New York, Chicago, and beyond to launch The Devoted. Check back at my Events Page to see new events added. I hope to see you there!


AUGUST 21, 2018 / New York, NY
7pm: H.I.P. Lit Reading Series at Nowadays Bar

SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 / Toronto, ON
7pm: Reading at Ben McNally Bookstore

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 / New York, NY
7pm: Reading and conversation with Darin Strauss at McNally Jackson Bookstore

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 / Brookline, MA
7pm: Reading and conversation with Laura Van Den Berg at Brookline Booksmith

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 / St. Louis, MO
Panel discussion at Bookfest St Louis

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 / Providence, RI
Point Street Reading Series at Alchemy

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 / Elkins Park, PA
8pm: Author Cabaret at St. Paul’s Elkins Park

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 / Chicago, IL
2pm: Panel discussion at Storystudio Writers’ Festival

OCTOBER 1, 2018 / Chicago, IL
7pm: Reading and conversation with Rebekah Frumkin at Volumes Bookcafe

OCTOBER 12, 2018 / Princeton, NJ
6pm: Reading and conversation with Joyce Carol Oates, Rachel Lyon, and Lillian Li at Labyrinth Books

OCTOBER 13, 2018 / Boston, MA
Panel discussion with Sam Graham-Felsen, Yang Huang, and Fatima Farheen Mirza at Boston Book Festival