Gabriel's Gift: A Novel

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Scribner, Oct 8, 2002 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Gabriel's father, a washed-up rock musician, has been chucked out of the house by Gabriel's mother, who works nights and sleeps days. Lonely Gabriel finds solace in a mysterious connection to his deceased twin, Archie, and in his gift for producing real objects simply by drawing them. Then a chance visit with rock star Lester Jones, his father's former band mate, provides Gabriel with a tool that might help mend his family. All he has to do is figure out how to use it.
Hanif Kureishi portrays Gabriel's naive hope and artistic aspirations with the same insight that he brought to the Anglo-Indian experience in The Buddha of Suburbia and to infidelity in Intimacy. Gabriel's Gift is a tender meditation on failure, talent, and the power of imagination, and offers a humorous portrait of a generation that only started to think about growing up when its children did.

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User Review  - hemlokgang - LibraryThing

Absolutely loved Kureishi's writing. In a matter of a few sentences the reader is whisked into the mind and heart of an adolescent boy trying to understand the rollercoaster which is life. At the core ... Read full review

GABRIEL'S GIFT

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Kureishi (The Black Album, 1995, etc.), well known for his screenplays My Beautiful Laundrette and Rosie and Sammie Get Laid, offers up an inveterately thin but generally amusing novel about ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
36
Section 3
59
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Hanif Kureishi won the prestigious Whitbread Prize for The Buddha of Suburbia and was twice nominated for Oscars for best original screenplay (My Beautiful Laundrette and Venus, which starred Peter O’Toole). In 2010 Kureishi received the prestigious PEN/Pinter Prize. He lives in London.

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