By Cecelia Ahern
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061782091, 336pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
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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?
At twenty-one, Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, P.S. I Love You, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank. Her successive novelsLove, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; and The Time of My Lifewere also international bestsellers, published in forty-six countries and selling more than 15 million copies collectively. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, Ahern lives in Dublin, Ireland.
- In the opening pages of the book it is revealed that this story is about “people, secrets, and time.” How do these themes play out in the experiences of various characters throughout the book? How do the various plots intersect?
“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
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