The Gift: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Nov 3, 2009 - Fiction - 302 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Cecelia Ahern spins a witty, warm, and wise modern-day fable of love, regret, hope, and second chances.

extremely successful executive, Lou Suffern is always overstretched, immune to the holiday spirit that delights everyone around him. The classic workaholic who never has a moment to spare, he is always multitasking while shortchanging his devoted wife and their adorable children. And ever since he started competing for a big promotion, he has barely seen his family at all.

One frigid morning in an uncharacteristic burst of generosity, he buys a cup of coffee for Gabe, a homeless man huddled outside his office building. Inspired by his own unexpected act of kindness, Lou decides to prolong his charitable streak and contrives to get Gabe a job in his company's mailroom. But when Gabe begins to meddle in Lou's life, the helping hand appears to be a serious mistake. Gabe seems to know more about Lou than Lou does about himself, and, perhaps more disturbingly, Gabe always seems to be in two places at once.

With Lou's personal and professional fates at important crossroads and Christmas looming, Gabe resorts to some unorthodox methods to show his stubborn patron what truly matters and how precious the gift of time is. But can he help him fix what's broken before it's too late?

 

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A story within a story. Doesn't happen, but was perfect for a holiday book meant to share a lesson to all readers. A young man is caught throwing a
turkey through his father and step-mothers window heads to the police station where the police share a touching story to help him learn a valuable lesson.
The story within the story centered around Lou who is a person who is always looking to the next appointment and where he is headed next. I have to admit that there are moments in life where I am definitely guilty for appreciating what is currently going on, so even though the lesson was blatantly obvious from the beginning, it was beneficial to read this story to remember to soak up each moment as it is happening.
 

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Contents

An Army of Secrets
1
A Morning of Half Smiles
6
The Turkey Boy
13
The Shoe Watcher
20
The Thirteenth Floor
32
A Deal Sealed
46
On Reflection
51
The Quiet Life
59
Lou Meets Lou
159
The Turkey Boy 3
174
Man of the Moment
177
Tis the Season
196
Surprise
212
The Soul Catches Up
223
The Best Day
235
The Turkey Boy 4
258

The Turkey Boy 2
76
The Morning After
78
The Juggler
98
Home Sweet Home
111
The WakeUp Call
121
Bump in the Night
135
Granted
146
It All Started with a Mouse
259
Christmas Eve
265
For Old Times Sake
285
The Turkey Boy 5
295
Acknowledgments
303
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About the author (2009)

At twenty-one, Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novels—Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; and The Time of My Life—were also international bestsellers, published in forty-six countries and selling more than 15 million copies collectively. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, Ahern lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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