Mark liked to think he embraced the Buddhist concept of impermanence, but he wished it would leave his actual life well enough alone. Instead, everything was about to change.
Second chances are hard to come by in Gerry Pirani's poignant new novel, The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth: A Story of Love, an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: LGBTQ category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
While visiting his estranged father in Europe, nineteen-year-old Mark meets Jacques, a young Parisian socialite who performs as a drag queen. Mark is immediately conflicted by the attraction and flees Europe. When Jacques telephones to tell him that their English friend, John, has attempted suicide, Mark accompanies Jacques to England and finds himself falling in love.
As John struggles with his manic-depression, Mark and Jacques begin an explosive affair that threatens to engulf them both.
When Mark's violent temper erupts, he goes to his Native American grandmother in the Plains, where he works with a shaman and discovers things about himself he never knew were possible.
Eventually Mark and Jacques meet up again in London. While their passion is instantly rekindled, Jacques now hesitates to trust his heart. Can people really change?
For readers 18 and over.
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About the Author
Gerry Pirani has dedicated heart and soul to helping encourage personal growth and spiritual development.
The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth: A Story of Love is a debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating and complex story of love, spirit, and the will to survive. The characters are compelling, and they had (still have) me hooked, especially because they are not satisfied with remaining who they are but look to improve themselves, grow, and overcome obstacles - even when these obstacles are inside. This is a thoughtful, soul-searching kind of a novel that reveals who we are and what we want. My girlfriends in my book club all loved it and volunteered me to write the review. We tend to read literary novels, about 4 to every one non-fiction read. This one requires a sequel!
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite In The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth: A Story of Love, author Gerry Pirani offers readers a glimpse into the lives of disturbed mental health and gay and abusive relationships. John is a privileged Englishman with a dark childhood history which infiltrates and pervades his life as an adult. Mark is of German and Native American heritage and his path is a rocky road as he works to find his identity as a gay individual. Jacques has an intensely negative history with his father, a disturbed and rejecting man who sets Jacques up in the entertainment world as a female impersonator. Jacques is a beautiful young man who has no notion of his own personal identity. The lives of these three young men are intertwined in such a way that they force one another into confronting their deepest fears and their darkest secrets. I really liked the character of Jacques. As a privileged Frenchman, he had an innocent, naïve quality that endears him to almost all readers. Mark's personality was very strong and, at times, the reader almost wishes he was a bit more pliable rather than controlling. As for John, he was a man without purpose and understanding, and some readers will see components of themselves in the man. The plot is controversial but extremely well written such that the difficult subject matter is tastefully done. Not for the faint of heart, The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth is a powerful study of societal taboos and family dynamics. Pirani's story will stay with the reader for some time after the book is closed and put away.
First, let me say this was an unusual selection for me because I usually stick with genre stuff. This book was unusual, fascinating, and just grabbed me. It's very intelligently written; obviously the author has put a great deal of thought into it. I found myself drawn into the story very quickly and became very attached to the characters even when I didn't like what they were doing or saying. I really enjoyed this read and hope there is more to come! Hard to put down once you start reading! Well worth the time and money!