A Son Called Gabriel Author:Damian McNicholl There were two of me: good Catholic Gabriel who wanted to be normal and lead an exemplary life, and dark, degenerate Gabreil who lived only to lust. Sometimes, in the common room, I'd look out the window and watch the sun disappear behind a wooly, navy-blue cloud, and the cloud's core would stay dark but its ragged edges would be gilded like my ... more »unwanted Goddess. That's what I was. I was a gilt-edged cloud with a core of darkness..."
Set in the hills of Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, 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 Gabreil belongs, the strict code for belief and behavior 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 wya of being discovered, and Gabriel learns that his might not be the only ones in the Harkin family...« less