February 10, 2005
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A Son Called Gabriel (2004)
Set in the hills of Northern Ireland during 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 Gabriel 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 way of being discovered, and Gabriel learns that his might
not be the only one in the Harkin family...