Please welcome Mark D. Giglio to the Cafe and Bookstore with his books. Today I am featuring Alchemist Gift (Alchemist Series Book 1)
About The Alchemist Gift.
★★★★★”Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism” – Red City Review
Time travel to the age of alchemy.
The life of grad student Roland Hughes changes when he cheats on his long-term girlfriend Liz. Soon after, specters of Renaissance men and women pull him back to a time of witchcraft, magic and curses.
Roland pays dearly for his fling, and desperately wishes for another chance. The cosmos hears and delivers him – with the help of the enchanted Alchemist Cabinet – to a new life and time.
But will he redeem himself, or chase the same temptations?
One of the reviews for the book
As essentially a thriller writer-reader, I took a while to get into the flow of the highly descriptive writing style and magical-realism of “Alchemist Gift” and enjoy the journey. Since I love history in general, I grew to appreciate a story set in mainly in Renaissance Italy with connections to the present through his protagonist, Roland; one that entertains and educates.
Transporting Roland back five hundred years to Italy through to his discovery of an alchemist’s cabinet, the author, Mark Giglio, also a professional Renaissance furniture maker, uses his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the time to paint Roland into a turbulent time when nobles squabbled; religions fought for supremacy; superstition ran rampant; disease and famine could claim their victims into the millions; and peasants simply struggled to survive. A rich setting for the interaction of a myriad of characters: the good, the bad and the very ugly.
As the author points out, he is “interested in the ways people connect with each other and ultimately how they are all connected and, how tenuous our existence is”. His story reflects this: it wanders unpredictably from one character to another. What does the future hold for Roland? It’s unpredictable. As it is for every one of us. Enjoy being transported back to the Renaissance. A great read for lovers of magical realism.
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Also by Mark D. Giglio
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About Mark D. Giglio
Mark Giglio has always been fascinated by the connections people have with each other and the world around them. What we do or what we say is a result of our most recent and our forgotten ancestors. Like our ancestors, we will have that same effect on countless people yet to be born. He has always loved history, the humanities, art, philosophy, anthropology, world religions and the natural world. All of these things have been a fountainhead of inspiration.
He spent the first nine years in upstate New York and the next ten in southern California. He started his adult life when he joined the USAF and got his discharge after four years. He then went to SDSU and earned a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. At that point, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself. Somehow that Great American novel didn’t materialize, not for want of trying.
Life gifted him with a wife and in no time a little boy then another and another. Not able to wait around for those huge royalty checks to roll in, he fell back on his family heritage and became a craftsman. He needed something he could do to make a living, cabinet and furniture making to be specific. He worked for an outfit called California Design Group for a couple of years; then decided to go it alone.
Over the years he kept up his writing with little vignettes or the occasional short story for his own amusement. It wasn’t until he made a specific piece of furniture, The Alchemist Cabinet, that he felt inspired to write seriously. He had entered his art furniture in contests and came away with first and second prize ribbons.
His latest novel is “The Patron’s Wife,” www.thepatronswife.com. The novel involves a love triangle. The setting is on a sprawling plantation in the Ecuadorian highlands and the Amazon jungle below. He has also been working on the next installment to the Alchemist trilogy, “Curious Journey”, and has a toehold on the last novel.
Mark has three grown sons. He lives in Escondido, California with his partner, Mary Ellen Cavanaugh-Wilson. His other interests include painting, piano improvisation, and interior design.
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