The Gift: A Novel

The Gift: A Novel

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by Cecelia Ahern
     
 

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Lou Suffern’s successful career demands that he be in two places at one time—and neither of those is with his devoted wife and children. One frigid morning Lou meets a homeless man named Gabe and buys him a cup of coffee . . . then gives him a job—a random act of kindness that surprises Lou most of all. But soon Gabe is meddling uncomfortably in

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Lou Suffern’s successful career demands that he be in two places at one time—and neither of those is with his devoted wife and children. One frigid morning Lou meets a homeless man named Gabe and buys him a cup of coffee . . . then gives him a job—a random act of kindness that surprises Lou most of all. But soon Gabe is meddling uncomfortably in Lou’s life, popping up at the most inopportune times—as if Gabe actually can 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?

Editorial Reviews

USA Today
“This modern-day Scrooge tale is a delightful read with plenty of fun twists and turns.”
Booklist
“A moving tale . . . The Gift weaves magical elements into modern-day setting, and will certainly appeal to readers looking for a touching supernatural tearjerker.”
Boston Globe
“An updated version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol . . . with some surprising twists.”
Associated Press Staff
“Charming . . . The Gift is like a warm sweater.”
Sara Gruen
“THE GIFT is a tantalizing tale wrapped in a tale that I devoured in one sitting. It’s a perfect treat for the holidays.”
Publishers Weekly
Ahern wades into the Christmas fiction fray with a winning tale of magic and redemption. Lou Suffern is a busy man, and his family’s growing weary of constantly taking the backseat to his career. On a whim, he offers Gabe, a homeless man he meets outside his office, a low-level job, and the uncharacteristically kind gesture plays out in a very unexpected way when Lou learns that Gabe has the power to be in two places at once. As the holidays draw nearer, Gabe tries to make Lou realize the importance of his family, but slow-to-change Lou might not come around to Gabe’s way of thinking until it’s too late. Ahern’s an accomplished storyteller, and her writing chops elevate this far above the normal holiday fare. There’s magic, but it’s not campy, and the sentiment is real. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Ahern (P.S. I Love You) continues her current theme of writing modern fairy tales with this holiday treat. When workaholic corporate magnate Lou meets homeless Gabe (short for, ahem, Gabriel), Lou wants to help out, so he gets Gabe a job in his company's mail room. No good deed goes unpunished though, and Lou soon finds Gabe constantly giving him unwanted advice and pushing him to see the importance of family and friends. This clever twist on the guardian angel story will appeal to Ahern's fans and lovers of holiday fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]
Kirkus Reviews
Light holiday fare with a Lesson from Irish bestseller Ahern (Thanks for the Memories, 2009, etc.). The author's variation on A Christmas Carol isn't subtle. Ahern encourages readers to appreciate the important things (tradition, home, family, etc.). Wealthy executive Lou Suffern neglects his children and cheats on his wife; his only friend is his all-consuming ambition. But Lou's not entirely bad. On a cold December morning, he buys a coffee for the young homeless man in front of his Dublin office building. They strike up a conversation, and Gabe (short for Gabriel-get it?) reveals that Lou's boss is having secret lunches with Lou's rival. Thinking it might be handy to have someone with Gabe's powers of observation on hand, Lou gets him a job in the mailroom. As the novel unfolds, two things become clear: Lou is so busy that he needs to be in two places at once, and Gabe is able to magically be in two places at once. This leads Gabe, who's friendly in a sanctimonious, might-be-an-angel kind of way, to give Lou magic pills. Take one, and just for the night he can clone himself, close two business deals at the same time, then go out to celebrate while also heading home to tend to his sick wife and daughter. The cloning helps Lou see the error of his ways. His family really does need him, he realizes, and he really does love them. More epiphanies occur until Lou finally gets it: Life is short, and real estate can't hug you back. Ahern has a way with character, but her penchant for the supernatural-angels, ghosts, deja vu-works against the weight of her story.
Associated Press
“Charming . . . The Gift is like a warm sweater.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061782091
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
231,118
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.

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The Gift 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Rupnzl98 More than 1 year ago
This is a heart warming book which feels like a modern day version of the Christmas Carol. There is a bit of a twist and a somewhat unpredictable ending. A little cliche, but enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read especially before xmas! Definitely sends a good message and had me in tears at te end
patPF More than 1 year ago
I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Cecelia Ahern's books up to now. In fact, I've sought out hardcover copies for my own library. But I wasn't very enchanted by The Gift. For some reason, it just didn't have the magic that the past books held for me. It had a dark twist that I felt hid the message. I was disappointed.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brought a smile on my face
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite author, I just devour her stories! They are so uniquely her own.
Christine Feit More than 1 year ago
A must read for.anyone wondering why we have been dealt the life they are given. I am a huge Ahern fan. I have read all of her solo authored books and cannot wait for the next one. There is not a book that I read of hers where I do not cry. The characters in this book, like many of Aherns, can be related to. Threre is always someone trying to make the grade, while their loved ones watch from the sidelines. One finds themselves emersed in the life that they wish they ciuld have rather than appreciating the one tey do have. As you read, one finds themselves surveying their own life and what they can doto make it better.
ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how Ahern creates some unique stories but she has done it again with the modern day fable The Gift. A wonderful Christmas story that makes you appreciate each day.
phutch More than 1 year ago
somehow, by the end of the book, I was caring about the most un-sympathetic character and bemoaning the way the book ended
SK79 More than 1 year ago
Very good book. It held me until the end. It is a fast read and I highly recommend it for book clubs and gift giving.
Moonwvr7 More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at the store and didn't realize Cecelia Ahern had another book out. I really loved reading her book "P.S. I Love You" and decided to give this one a try. It took me three days to read it. It was wonderful! It definitely leaves you with a lesson. The only thing I did not like was the ending. It brought me to tears in both a good and bad way. Had it ended the way I had wanted, I would have given the book all 5 stars.
sunshinePS More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Cecelia Ahern. She has a different approach to her writing that makes it unlike any other. This was a really good. I would definately suggest it.
Pheadsgirl More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It really made you think about how you spend your time. The story was a little unbelievable, but isn't that what a good book is supposed to be...a way to escape into someone else's life and enjoy the possiblity of what could be? This book did that! I would definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great and easy read! The plot seemed a little slow at first, but once I read a few chapters it was hard to put down.
Anonymous 26 days ago
I don't like stories spoiled by reviews so I'll just say that this is one of those books that will move you to the very core of your being. Don't miss it!
NahvilleReader 4 months ago
Enjoyable! Especially around the holidays. It isn't a complicated book, but it has heart and a good message.
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