Gabriel's Gift by Hanif Kureishi
A Novel

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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 naïve 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.
 

About Hanif Kureishi

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Hanif Kureishi won the prestigious Whitbread Prize 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.
 
Published February 1, 2002 by Scribner. 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gabriel's Gift Hanif Kureishi 178pp, Faber, £9.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL Consider the predicament of a writer who watches the comedies of his early career hailed as vibrant, energetic, youthful - and then passes into the darker waters of middle age.

Mar 03 2001 | Read Full Review of Gabriel's Gift: A Novel

The Guardian

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Gabriel's Gift Hanif Kureishi Faber £9.99, pp178 Buy it at a discount at BOL The desire to blow the house down and move on has always been the mainspring of Hanif Kureishi's fiction.

Feb 25 2001 | Read Full Review of Gabriel's Gift: A Novel

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In 1999, Kureishi set teacups rattling in England with Intimacy, a sexually explicit novella about an extramarital affair, with possible real-life parallels. Here

Sep 10 2001 | Read Full Review of Gabriel's Gift: A Novel

India Today

Rex takes Gabriel along for the meeting and Lester gifts a drawing to Gabriel.

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