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The Gift
by Pete Hamill

Overview - Originally published in 1973 and long unavailable, THE GIFT now returns to print in a paperback edition that features a bound-in reading group guide.- This short novel portends the great literary promise that Pete Hamill would eventually fulfill in such bestsellers as "A Drinking Life, Snow in August, and "Forever, which have sold over 100,000 trade paperback copies to date.- Pete Hamill's memoir "Downtown was published in LB hardcover in December 2004.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Originally published in 1973 and long unavailable, THE GIFT now returns to print in a paperback edition that features a bound-in reading group guide.- This short novel portends the great literary promise that Pete Hamill would eventually fulfill in such bestsellers as "A Drinking Life, Snow in August, and "Forever, which have sold over 100,000 trade paperback copies to date.- Pete Hamill's memoir "Downtown was published in LB hardcover in December 2004.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780316011891
  • ISBN-10: 0316011894
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co
  • Publish Date: November 2005
  • Page Count: 153


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Christmas on location

Just in time for the holidays, a treasure of a short novel by Pete Hamill is being reissued. The Gift was first published in 1973, and the story of a father and son struggling to find common ground is just as poignant in 2005. Pete is on leave from the Navy during the Korean War, and he returns to New York City "for Christmas with its promise of steam and warmth, a girl's brown hair, the smell of pine, and snow." But when he returns, he finds parents who are getting older, and a childhood girlfriend who has moved on. Hamill's love for New York City is well-documented in his novels, and The Gift evokes a vibrant 1950s city, with The Four Acres playing on the bar jukebox and the movie houses bustling. Hamill offers a glimpse at the pivotal moment in one young man's life, one bleary night in a bar called Rattigan's, when he realizes the depth of his father's real but imperfect love for him. Hamill's spare writing and unflinching dialogue perfectly capture an era marked by loss and uncertainty.

Amy Scribner is celebrating the holidays with her family in Olympia, Washington.

 
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