Ocean at the End of the Lane (Prebound)
Turtleback Books, 9780606385329, 256pp.
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/17/2013)
Mass Market (11/26/2019)
Paperback, Large Print (6/18/2013)
Paperback, Chinese (1/28/2014)
Paperback, Spanish (12/30/2013)
July 2013 Indie Next List
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UK National Book Awards 2013 "Book of the Year"
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.