New Novel Follows Two U.S. Navy Submariners Through Their Struggles to Discover Who They Are

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Once in a Blue Year is a dramatic narrative from debut author Michael D. Durkota that is now available on

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Once in a Blue Year – a new fiction novel written by debut author Michael D. Durkota – was released this week on This engrossing dramatic narrative follows two U.S. Navy barracks roommates, Dan and Trevor, who remain onshore when their submarine is deployed during the Persian Gulf War, leaving each to resolve his own inner conflicts. They must find their way in life, navigate romantic relationships, and come to terms with the event at sea that forever changed their lives.

Kirkus Reviews called Once in a Blue Year “A bold debut, filled with unforgettable moments and characters… And while Durkota’s work often feels like a thriller, it’s more of a psychological study in which the characters, like flashes of lightning, are wonderfully alive for a very short time.”

More information about Once in a Blue Year, including the full Kirkus Review, can be found at Follow Michael D. Durkota on Twitter @durk13 and

About Michael D. Durkota
Michael D. Durkota, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. His debut novel, Once in a Blue Year, follows two friends during the Persian Gulf War as they struggle with their navy service, adulthood, and relationships. Durkota lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife.

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