Gabriel's Gift by: Hanif Kureishi
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by: Hanif Kureishi.
2001; 244 pages,
As far as "coming of age" novels go, this one is pretty good. I was interested throughout the whole book (except when I read the back cover. That bit didn't interest me at all).
I'm still not sure, however, what exactly Gabriel's gift is.
It seems to me as if his gift is going through a hard time in life (you know, growing up). Maybe I'm being too hard. It's actually a pretty good gift to have to bring people together and be a really good problem solver. One even better than your parents.
As much as I'm ragging on it, I did enjoy it. I thought it was a little off the wall at some points, and there were some things that I thought were predictable, but turned out not to be in the end (always a good thing).
If you're looking for something a little different, fun, and a good example of a coming of age tale, then Gabriel's Gift is the book for you.