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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
 
 
Author
Neil Gaiman.
Publisher Morrow  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780062255655
Pages/Publication Date 181/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38787
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What started out as a short story became—in the month or so that his wife Amanda Palmer was off recording an album in Australia—Neil Gaiman's first adult novel since American Gods and its sequel Anansi Boys. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is at once a fantasy of supernatural forces in the everyday world and an elegiac vision of what we gain (and give up) in the magical time of childhood. And because it is from Neil Gaiman (winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula, Newbery, and Carnegie Awards), it is also about much more than that. The story is of a middle-aged man who returns to his childhood neighborhood in Sussex for a funeral. Though his own house is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, and the pond, where the unremembered past comes flooding back to him. It was here, when he was seven, that he met a remarkable girl named Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. Something dark and terrible happened then, and Lettie, wise beyond her years, promised to protect him, no matter what.

"Gaiman mines mythological typology—the three-fold goddess, the water of life (the pond, actually an ocean)—and his own childhood milieu to build the cosmology and theater of a story he tells more gracefully than any he's told since Stardust."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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