Dear Gabriel by Halfdan Freihow

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Dear Gabriel is a deeply moving and elegantly written confessional in the form of a letter from a father to his young son. With great love, pride, and a profound wonder, Freihow describes a complex, loving relationship with young Gabriel that is sometimes fraught with misunderstanding, but bolstered by unconditional love. His sensitive depiction of the haunting rural landscape in which the family lives serves as a powerful backdrop to the intimate prose of his letter and rich sense of childhood magic. Dear Gabriel reaches out to all parents in their struggle to understand and nurture their children, regardless of any obstacles that may stand in their way. It is a tender yet brutally honest testament to love and the parent-child relationship.
 

About Halfdan Freihow

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Halfdan W. Freihow was born in Mexico and grew up in Madrid, Brussels, and Oslo. A former newspaper, radio, and television journalist and a veteran of the publishing industry, he founded his own publishing house, Font Forlag, in 2005. He lives with his family on an island off the west coast of Norway. Dear Gabriel is his first book and was nominated for the Brage Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Norway. Robert Ferguson is a renowned translator of Scandinavian literature. He has also written biographies of Nobel Prize– winning author Knut Hamsun, author Henry Miller, and playwright Henrik Ibsen. Robert Ferguson is a renowned translator of Scandinavian literature. He has also written biographies of Nobel Laureate-winning author Knut Hamsun, author Henry Miller, and playwright Henrik Ibsen
 
Published January 1, 2008 by House of Anansi Pr. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Freihow's honest description of their relationship, carefully balancing frustration, apprehension and at times terrifying insecurity (“A moment later I'm there, sitting with you and holding you tight against my chest, not knowing what to say or do”) with joy and triumph, will prove pa...

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