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A Son Called Gabriel
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Set in the hills of Northern Ireland in the 1960's and 70's, A Son Called Gabriel is a deeply felt and often funny coming-of-age novel that is ultimately unforgettable. Gabriel Harkin, the eldest of four children in a working-class family, struggles through a loving yet often brutal childhood. It's a turbulent time in Ulster, and in the staunchly Catholic community to which Gabriel belongs, the rigid code for belief and behaviour is clear. As Gabriel begins to suspect that he s not like other boys, he tries desperately to lock away his feelings, and his fears. But secrets have a way of being discovered, and Gabriel learns that his might not be the only one in the Harkin family.
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About the Author

Damian McNicholl was born in Northern Ireland and lives in Pennsylvania, USA. His debut novel was an American Booksellers Association Booksense Pick and Lambda Literary Awards finalist.

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Comic, courageous and often painful, this is a beautifully paced and balanced novel that will have an assured place in contemporary Irish writing. * Seamus Deane * A fine, compassionate coming-of-age story. McNicholl paints a rich picture of Gabriel's life and all its conflicted messages about sex... McNicholl is a graceful writer, and his is a worthy debut. * Publisher's Weekly * With a debut as delightful as this is, I can only imagine what Mr. McNicholl is currently working on. I know I will be anxiously awaiting it. * Roundtable Review * McNicholl is a fine storyteller and, in Gabriel, he has created a convincing, complicated and likable main character. * Curledup * Beautifully crafted, honestly told, and hauntingly heartbreaking with a gentle dash of humor, A Son Called Gabriel is simply one of the best books I've read in years. * Bookcritics.org * McNicholl's descriptions dance and light upon the page, making this a very entertaining read. * Compulsivereader.com * Each character, from Gabriel's girlfriend to his youngest sister Nuala, is so vividly portrayed that their world is all-encompassing, and it becomes almost heartbreaking to say goodbye. * Foreward Magazine * McNicholl writes compellingly, drawing his readers deep into Gabriel's ... tale of growing up in '60s and '70s Ireland - so much so that I was left thinking about sequels. * Echo Weekly * McNicholl's affable voice captures the wary innocence and budding sexuality of youth with polished and amiable originality. * Bookmarks * ...moving reading...[a] touching portrait of one boy's hopes and fears. A sometimes funny, often painful depiction of a young boy's struggles with his sexuality. * Booklist *

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