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My novels and articles explore socially significant and spiritual themes (adoption, nonviolence, human rights, conversion, ministry). I invite you to join me on this journey.


Life is a daily journey on which I encounter people and situations that move me to the next place along my path. My writings--both fiction and nonfiction--chronicle that odyssey.


Birth Place: Santa Monica, CA USA

Accomplishments: I am a member of the Mount Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club and a proud recipient of the statewide organization's 2001 Jack London Award. I have served two terms as branch president.


The Wisdom of Les Miserables: Lessons From the Heart of Jean Valjean by Alfred J. Garrotto
What can a 21st century seeker learn about life, love and spirituality from a 19th century French novel? Plenty....

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Circles of Stone by Alfred J. Garrotto
Discovery of a terrible secret related to her adoption shatters Natalia McCrory's world....

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A Love Forbidden by Alfred J. Garrotto
Greed, politics and high ideals clash in this suspense-filled story of a young mother trying to save her son from an assasin's bullet....

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Down a Narrow Alley by Alfred J. Garrotto
In this sequel to Circles of Stone (2003)....

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The Saint of Florenville: A Love Story by Alfred J. Garrotto
Two good friends, an American priest and a Belgian nun, are kidnapped while sightseeing in picturesque Bruges. What follows is a tale of loss, faith, and survival; a celebration of love that cannot be defined by manmade rules....

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There's More: A Novella of Life and Afterlife by Alfred J. Garrotto
Relief pitcher Jack Thorne stares at his catcher’s target. His single focus is to get this batter out. If he does, a coveted World Series ring will be his. But will this Catholic priest-turned-ballplayer's next pitch be his last one? There’s More is a creative imagining of the ultimate human mysteries—death and Afterlife. This gripping story invites readers to expand their existing concepts a...

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Finding Isabella by Alfred J. Garrotto
A young woman adoptee returns to her native country to search for her birth mother and siblings....  Barnes &   

I'll Paint a Sun by Alfred J. Garrotto
Libby O'Neill discovers the healing power of love under the most unlikely circumstances, with a most unlikely partner. A moving Valentine's Day story set among San Francisco's gracefully restored Victorian homes....  Barnes &   


A Wedding Toast
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Written for two dear friends...

A Wedding Prayer-Poem
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
A prayer-poem to be read at a Christian wedding ceremony. Written originally for Kimberly and Manuel, June 2012....

Earth Mother”
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Inspired by a visit to the ancient ruins of Pompei....

Graduation 2003 . . . Wedding 2010
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
A reflection on my daughter's graduation from high school in 2003 and her subsequent marriage in 2010....

A Prayer for Esther on Her Birthday
 by Alfred J. Garrotto

In Memory of Bill Joyce
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
My friend, mentor, co-worker and spiritual brother, Bill Joyce, passed away on May 8, 2008. He shared ministry with me at Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill, CA. At the end of every year I write a ...

Aging Actor
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
A veteran actor toward the end of his career stands in the wings and prepares to go onstage....

Driver's Prayer
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Let all my lights be green, the potholes few and far between....


Catholicism in a Nutshell
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
For eons, religious people have tried to complicate matters of faith. Jesus kept it simple. Catholics try to do the same, with varying degrees of success. ...

We Are, Sometimes, Corked Bottles
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
At times we are all corked bottles. We have this feeling that the truest, best person we can be has not yet gotten out of us....

Elements of a Successful Family
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Without a willingness to compromise and a foundation of mutual trust, a family is severely wounded if not broken....

Battling Writer's Guilt
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Fellow writers, do you ever feel guilty about all the time you spend writing?...

The Saint With the Dragon Tattoo
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Stieg Larsson's worldwide bestselling "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy revealed one of the most fascinating female protagonists in recent fiction. In this article, I offer a unique view of Lisbeth Salander....

My Cello Year
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
An artist's supreme achievement, be it a musician, actor, painter, or writer is to become one with the work. ...

In a Child's Eyes
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
I learned an important lesson the day my wife and I took our 3-yr.old grandson for a ride on an Amtrak train. ...

We Both Had Dads Named Joseph
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
A reflection on the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19)...

Highjacked by a Great Novel
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Generally, I shy away from 700-page novels. This one grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let go....

When All Else Fails
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
With suffering and destruction all around him, a Bosnian cellist honored the dead with the only gift he had....

House of Faith
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
A recent episode of TV's "House" got me thinking about faith and led me to the conclusion that atheists, agnostics, and religious people alike, we are all believers. Faith is something we share in co...

A Little Night Music
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
How I sang my grandson to sleep....

Dad's First Hour
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Adopting parents begin a crash course the moment their child is placed in their arms. Be ready for anything!...

Keep It Simple . . . The Way Jesus Did
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Humans have always made religion more complicated and confusing than God wanted it to be....

O How Will We Ever Pay For All This?
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
The ancient "O Antiphons" salute the coming Messiah under his various titles. How might today's Christians express these poem-songs?...

The Miracle of Life and Death
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
On a Sunday evening a child faces the death of her grandmother and the loss of her cat...

Welcome to the Family: A Parent Talks to Children About Lent
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Lent is not usually considered a family time like Christmas, but it should be because in every Catholic parish adult men and women are in the last stages of preparation to become new Catholics in the ...

Whose Side Is God On?
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Transcript of a homily/sermon delivered by Alfred J. Garrotto, Christ the King Parish Community, Pleasant Hill, CA, March 30, 2003. ...

Modeling Faith For Children
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
What is the one thing we as parents can do to pass our faith and values to our children?...

Reflections of a Late Bloomer
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
What it's like to be an older parent of young children....

Adopting?: Do You Have What it Takes?
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Prior to adopting, parents need to assess their ability to meet the challenges of loving a child not of their own flesh and blood....

Dad's Longest Day
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
For years, I wondered what memories my daughter Cristina had of the day I brought her home to America....

Faith:The Imagination to Hope
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
Faith is a right-brain function, requiring the ability to imagine and hope....

Celebrating Rites of Passage
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
We are all clingers. That's who we are. That's what we do. We cling. But, the Easter/Ascension message is that we need to celebrate our rites of passage, because that's the only way that the Holy Spir...

The Faces of Forgiveness
 by Alfred J. Garrotto
God is patient, giving us the time we need to become the men and women God created us to be....


The Wisdom of Les Miserables
Alfred J. Garrotto's website and blog. All the scoop about my writing and what I'm currently reading.

Alfred J. Garrotto
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The Saint of Florenville
Web page for my most recent novel, The Saint of Florenville: A Love Story

Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club
This Branch covers central Contra Costa County in the San Francisco East Bay Region.

Additional information

My fifth novel, "Down a Narrow Alley" (2007) is a sequel to "Circles of Stone," "I'll Paint a Sun," was released in March of 2005 by Genesis Press/Kensington (New York). For more information about my works, visit my personal Web site: I have written two novels on the theme of international adoption: "Circles of Stone" (Hilliard & Harris, 2003, available in paperback and hard cover), and "Finding Isabella" (Genesis Press, 2000, paperback).

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