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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385720335
ISBN-13: 9780385720335
Sku: 30867928
Publish Date: 5/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  304
Age Range:  NA
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Reluctantly moving with his mother and younger brother from the urban East to join his stepfather, a Kansas homesteader, Gabriel hates their primitive, harsh new life and runs away to seek adventure as a cowboy, in a coming-of-age story of a young black man in the American West of the 1870s. A first novel. Readers Guide available. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. *Author: Durham, David Anthony *Publication Date: 2002/05/01 *Number of Pages: 296 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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Gabriel’s Story introduces a writer of consummate skill, poetic genius, and literary seriousness. Set in the 1870s, it is the marvelously told coming-of-age story of a young African American in the fierce American West.

Gabriel Lynch is not happy about his family’s move from a brownstone in Baltimore to a homestead hovel in Kansas. He does not dislike his new stepfather, a former slave, but neither does he like the drudgery of farming on untamed land. So he steals away with a motley crew headed for Texas, only to realize that he’s joined a fearsome band given to rapacious plunder and mindless violence. As the cabal proceeds with its terrifying westward trek, Gabriel can only wonder if he’ll ever return safely back home.Reluctantly moving with his mother and younger brother from the urban East to join his stepfather, a Kansas homesteader, Gabriel hates their primitive, harsh new life and runs away to seek adventure as a cowboy, in a coming-of-age story of a young black man in the American West of the 1870s. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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Gabriel Lynch, an African-American adolescent in the years after the Civil War, goes with his mother and stepfather to homestead in Kansas. Tired of the hard work this entails, Gabriel takes off, traveling to Texas with a violent man named Marshall Hogg who promises him a job as a cowboy. Before long the two of them are on the run when Marshall is wanted for murder. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.

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New Yorker
"[A] moving first novel....The moral gravity of Durham's narrative is offset by his attentiveness to the primacy of nature in the Western landscape...." 03/19/2001

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"The plot of GABRIEL'S STORY is somewhat schematic in its stages of departure, initiation and return, and while Marshall sounds more like Flannery O'Connor's theological misfits than a cowpoke, Durham does not romanticize the West. Nor does he demonize it." - Tom Leclair March/April 2001

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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