Lou Suffern is like most people in today’s materialistic world, busy chasing professional success and collecting riches. His fierce determination to chase his dreams leaves him with no time at all for his family. He appears disinterested in everything that happens in his family life. With more than one thing to do at any given time, Lou always wishes he could be in two places at one time.
Lou is a character readers will be unsympathetic to, as he himself is a character devoid of sympathy for others. Surprisingly, this man, who is otherwise unaffected by others’ troubles, extends a helping hand to a homeless man, Gabe, whom he encounters outside his office. In a rare display of sympathy, Lou gives Gabe an entry-level job in his office.
As the book progresses, we realize that Lou is not really the helper, or the giver, but it is Gabe who is helping Lou out of the meaninglessness of his life. In his own special ways, Gabe teaches Lou how to balance work and life. Whether Gabe succeeds in this seemingly impossible task, is detailed in the book.
The Gift makes every reader realize the value of family, and the time he spends with his family. The author herself wrote this book at a point in her life when she was unable to make time for anything other than work.
A modern-day story infused with the magical spirit of Christmas, The Gift is a tale of hope, regret, love, and of the second chances we get at living a better life.
About Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern is a novelist and short story writer.
Her other novels include The Book Of Tomorrow, Thanks for the Memories, A Place Called Here, Where Rainbows End, and The Time Of My Life. Ahern is also known for her short stories. Her bestselling collection of short stories is Girl In The Mirror/The Memory Maker. Her other short stories are Irish Girls are Back in Town and Next Stop: Table for Two.