The Ocean at the End of the Lane

by Gaiman, Neil (Author)

ISBN: 9780062255655

The author's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys is a bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery, survival, memory and magic that makes the impossible all too real.

Age Range: From 13 to 17

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: William Morrow & Company, June 2013

Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.7 W × 0.8 H

Publisher Marketing: A major new work from a writer to make readers rejoice (Minneapolis Star Tribune)--a moving story of memory, magic, and survival

Sussex, England. 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, 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.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie--magical, comforting, wise beyond her years--promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, 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. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

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