Fun, smart, award-winning novel takes you on a madcap medieval adventure with a female alchemist seeking immortality, lovelorn teenage genius, and a shrunken, 600-year-old wisecracking eggplant that you’ll never forget.
Explore strange but real medieval events with a gorgeous alchemist, teenage genius and a tiny, wisecracking, 600-year-old eggplant that can speak to whomever wears it. The heroic trio sets out in search of the Lost Stone of Eden, and finds quirky, fun and extraordinary adventures that lead to paradise.
Orphans, Assassins and the Existential Eggplant gives you an inside view of an epic quest for love, wisdom and immortality. You’ll march across medieval Europe with an army of misfits led by a boy prophet, train with unlikely killers who terrorize Middle East rulers, peek inside a lost, ancient library of mystical and profane literature and touch the petrified body of the world’s first man, Adam.
Orphans, Assassins and the Existential Eggplant won the Silver Medal in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.
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J.T. Gillett holds degrees in philosophy and journalism from the University of Oregon and studied at Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
His accomplishments include meditating with Allen Ginsberg, chanting inside the Great Pyramid, climbing Mt. Shasta, marrying the woman of his dreams and raising two children who turned into amazing adults.
By day, he works as a writer and editor for a leading Global 2000 writing agency based in Ashland, Oregon and hikes the beautiful mountain trails on weekends. At night, he creates stories that combine reality with fantastic, peculiar characters and events–and sometimes he writes them down.
His stories and poems have appeared in a variety of Literary Journals since 1978, including City Lights Review 6 (1994), edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.