Gabriel's Story by David Anthony Durham audiobook

Gabriel's Story

By David Anthony Durham
Read by Thomas Penny

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9.87 Hours Unabridged
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In his acclaimed debut novel, Durham adds a new dimension to the frontier narrative. Gabriel, the teenaged son of an emancipated slave, travels west with his mother, who is lured by the promise of unclaimed land. Despising life as a farmer, Gabriel runs away with a dangerous band of cowboys. But hindered by youth and inexperience, he must escape the racism and brutality that surround him.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2002 YALSA Alex Award

Winner of the 2002 BCALA Literary Award for First Novelist

In his acclaimed debut novel, Durham adds a new dimension to the frontier narrative. Gabriel, the teenaged son of an emancipated slave, travels west with his mother, who is lured by the promise of unclaimed land. Despising life as a farmer, Gabriel runs away with a dangerous band of cowboys. But hindered by youth and inexperience, he must escape the racism and brutality that surround him.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Artistically impressive and emotionally satisfying, a serious work that heads off in exhilarating directions.” New York Times Book Review
“Wise and beautifully written.” USA Today
“Haunting…[with] masterful prose.” Christian Science Monitor
“A sensational debut…lush and atmospheric.” Essence
“Moving…The moral gravity of Durham’s narrative is offset by his attentiveness to the primacy of nature in the Western landscape.” New Yorker
“Sweeps the reader up into a fascinating, Oz-like whirlwind of language.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Durham captures with exquisite precision the isolation, loneliness, and cruelty of life in the vastness of the West…The reader turns the last page with regret at the journey’s end.” Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“Compelling, suspenseful, and meticulously written, Gabriel’s Story is an exploration of the idea of the frontier and the meaning of ownership, filtered through the narrator’s cynical, over-the-hill teenage perspective. And Gabriel himself, who seems old beyond his years, is a memorable protagonist: a grouchy lost boy, impatient for his life to unfold.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“The old West, both beautiful and brutal, is the setting of Durham’s magnificently realized debut novel, a classic coming-of-age story of an African-American boy…Durham is a born storyteller…The tale’s racial dimension is subtly and intelligently developed, and though some readers may be turned off by the violence Gabriel witnesses, all will be impressed by Durham’s maturity, skill, and lovingly crafted prose.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: David Anthony Durham

Author Bio: David Anthony Durham

David Anthony Durham earned an MFA from the University of Maryland. His first novel, Gabriel’s Story, was published to wide acclaim in 2001. He has won several awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fiction Award, a First Novel Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and a Legacy Award. His short fiction appears in Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing. He lives with his wife and two children California and teaches creative writing at Cal St. Fresno.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English