Alchemist Gift by Mark Giglio
Mark Giglio’s Alchemist Gift is a thought-provoking journey through time and the small events that make up the human experience, imperceptibly changing the course of an entire life. Beginning in present day San Diego, Liz and Roland are experiencing the curses of the modern relationship: unanswered text messages, undeclared majors, and, perhaps worst of them all, an unsatisfying sex life. Liz and Roland’s individual travels to happiness are frustrating, mysterious, confusing, and more than a little magical. Alchemist Gift reminds us that while we may all experience the passage of time in different ways, time is of the utmost importance and is, perhaps, not as concrete as we may believe. Time connects all human beings and Giglio’s novel pushes us to savor and remember as many moments as we can because this allows those moments to live on, long after they have happened. Alchemist Gift is a fun romp through a magical world where fiction becomes fact, present becomes past, and love becomes lust.
While Alchemist Gift is a fun and incredible read, it is not for the faint of heart. In a style reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism, the twists and turns, as well as the many similar character names, can leave one wishing to be on the second read-through, or at least reviewing a detailed family tree. However, the magic, mystery, romance, and passion are all enough to keep the pages turning and the mysteries unfolding until the veil is lifted and the reality of Mark Giglio’s intricate and enigmatic world is revealed.
Alchemist Gift will be released in May 2014.