A son called Gabriel: a novel

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CDS Books, May 15, 2004 - Fiction - 343 pages
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Set in the hills of Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, A SON CALLED GABRIEL is a deeply felt and often funny coming-of-age novel that is ultimately unforgettable. Gabriel Harkin, the eldest of four children in a working-class family, struggles through a loving yet often brutal childhood. It's a turbulent time in Ulster, and in the staunchly Catholic community to which Gabriel belongs, the strict rules for belief and behavior are clear. As Gabriel begins to suspect that he's not like other boys, he tries desperately to lock away his feelings, and his fears. But secrets have a way of being being discovered, and Gabriel learns that his might not be the only ones in the Harkin family.... Evoking a sense of time and place as compelling as ANGELA'S ASHES and AT SWIM, TWO BOYS, Damian McNicholl's A SON CALLED GABRIEL announces the arrival of a striking new literary voice.

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User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

I truly enjoyed this book. Though slow at first, the end was absolutely riveting and I could not put the book down. I'm not such a proponent of books narrated by younger characters but this one is an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Gordon - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading this. I hope there will be a sequel as the book just ends too suddenly. Read full review


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