Gabriel's Gift: A Novel

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Scribner, 2001 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Gabriel's father, a washed-up rock musician, has been chucked out of the house. His mother works nights in a pub and sleeps days. Navigating his way through the shattered world of his parents' generation, Gabriel dreams of being an artist. He finds solace and guidance through a mysterious connection to his deceased twin brother, Archie, and his own knack for producing real objects simply by drawing them.

A chance visit with mega-millionaire rock star Lester Jones, his father's former band mate, provides Gabriel with the means to heal the rift within his family. Kureishi portrays Gabriel's naive hope and artistic aspirations with the same insight and searing honesty that he brought to the Indian-Anglo experience in "The Buddha of Suburbia and to infidelity in "Intimacy. Gabriel's Gift is a humorous and tender meditation on failure, redemption, the nature of talent, the power of imagination -- and a generation that never wanted to grow up, seen through the eyes of their children.

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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


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


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Hanif Kureishi won England's prestigious Whitbread Prize for his first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia. He received an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette. Kureishi is also the author of The Black Album and Love in a Blue Time, as well as of the films, Sammy and Rose Get Laid, London Kills Me, and My Son the Fanatic. His second collection of stories, Midnight All Day, has just been published in one volume along with his controversial 1999 novel, Intimacy, which has been adapted for the screen. Kureishi lives in London.

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