In a nutshell, The Gathering is about a woman who's coming to grips with her past, catching up with her present and trying to move on after her brother's death.
And I didn't enjoy it one bit. She rambled alot. Her story went back and forth so inconsistently and frequently that I got lost. Maybe I'm just not used to her writing style.
To be honest, half the time, I couldn't pay attention to the story, coz half of me wanted to finish the story as soon as possible, while the other half wanted to understand it since it won the Man Booker Prize. Since the latter half failed, I decided to skim through the book instead :P