William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780061782091, 302pp.
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Lou Sufferns successful career demands that he be in two places at one timeand 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 joba random act of kindness that surprises Lou most of all. But soon Gabe is meddling uncomfortably in Lous life, popping up at the most inopportune timesas if Gabe actually can be in two places at once. With Lous 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 whats broken before its too late?
“This modern-day Scrooge tale is a delightful read with plenty of fun twists and turns.”
“An updated version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol . . . with some surprising twists.”
“Charming . . . The Gift is like a warm sweater.”
“A moving tale . . . The Gift weaves magical elements into modern-day setting, and will certainly appeal to readers looking for a touching supernatural tearjerker.”
“A winning tale of magic and redemption. . . . 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.”
“Light holiday fare with a lesson . . . [that] encourages readers to appreciate the important things. . . . Ahern has a way with character.”
“[A] holiday treat . . . This clever twist on the guardian angel story will appeal to Ahern’s fans and lovers of holiday fiction.”
“THE GIFT is a tantalizing tale wrapped in a tale that I devoured in one sitting. It’s a perfect treat for the holidays.”
-Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants