The Cigar Maker

The Cigar Maker

by Mark McGinty
     
 

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Bronze Medal, Historical Fiction: 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Finalist - 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Historical Fiction

Finalist: 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Historical Fiction

Winner: General Fiction Honorable Mention, London Book Festival

Winner: General Fiction Honorable Mention,

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Bronze Medal, Historical Fiction: 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Finalist - 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Historical Fiction

Finalist: 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Historical Fiction

Winner: General Fiction Honorable Mention, London Book Festival

Winner: General Fiction Honorable Mention, New England Book Festival

"McGinty creates a vibrant, hectic and exciting atmosphere as he describes the bolita games, cock fighting and the constant struggle between immigrant workers and the 'Captains' of the cigar industry." --The Tampa Examiner

The Cigar City. The year is 1898. Young Cuban rebel Salvador Ortiz and his family have escaped the hardship of war-torn Cuba, but the union halls, cigar factories, and dark alleys of Tampa are filled with violence and vendetta. Salvador must defy constant labor strife and deadly corruption in a one-industry town known for backroom cockfights, street thugs, late-night abductions and mass production of the world's best hand-rolled stogies. An ideological battle for control of the cigar industry tests Salvador's self-respect and love of hard work as he fights to abandon his rambunctious, outlaw past and lead his proud Cuban family into a colorful immigrant society. His wish for a peaceful life as a husband, a father, and a man of dignity is threatened by a lawless underworld and a cultural conflict with a dangerous, bloody history. Based on true events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011204500
Publisher:
Mark McGinty
Publication date:
09/09/2010
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Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
455 KB

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Meet the Author

Mark Carlos McGinty is a descendant of Cuban cigar makers whose work has appeared in Cigar City Magazine and La Gaceta. He grew up on ropa vieja, Cuban sandwiches, café con leche, and fresh-squeezed OJ from his grandfather’s tree in West Tampa. His favorite cigar is the Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8.Mark spent 7 years writing The Cigar Maker. Most of that time was spent researching the history of Cuba, Tampa, and the cigar industry during the period of 1850 - 1910. During that time he ate a lot of Cuban food and smoked way too many cigars. His work has appeared in Tampa's Cigar City Magazine.Mark’s first novel Elvis and the Blue Moon Conspiracy (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2003) won an Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention for General Fiction. He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and got his Master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Mark lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter.

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