Inside the Book:
Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Coming of Age
“Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.
“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review
We never learn the name of the little boy who lives at the top of the lane. In the house with his mother, father, sister, and his very own room with the little yellow wash basin that is "just his size."
But we do learn all we need to know about him. We learn that even at the tender age of seven; he is brave, intelligent, caring, and imaginative enough to stand together with a very special group of woman, against those things that make their homes in the darkest places. Those things that go bump in the night. Those things that only children are still smart enough to fear...and defeat.
Neil Gaiman has spent his life spinning tales that live just on the edge of reality. That cross that elusive boundary where the mundane becomes the magical, and the magical becomes legend.
The story found within the pages of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane offers no exception. What it does offer readers however, is a world filled with fanciful creatures, both terrifying and alluring. Ingenious and inspiring characters, and unforgettable story craft.
At a mere 178 pages, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is a surprisingly large story. A story that will speak to every person who has ever waited in the dark, heard voices on the wind, heard the laughter of faeries, or dared to be magical.
Meet the Author:
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com
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