Wednesday, July 24, 2013

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
BY NEIL GAIMAN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Neil Gaiman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children, including the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and Make Good Art, the text of a commencement speech he delivered at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.

He is the recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter.

Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.
 

PRAISE FOR THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE:
“Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Gaiman mines mythological typology--the three-foldgoddess, 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...[a] lovely yarn.”
— Booklist (starred review) on OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

“[W]orthy of a sleepless night . . . a fairy tale for adults that explores both innocence lost and the enthusiasm for seeing what’s past one’s proverbial fence . . . Gaiman is a master of creating worlds just a step to the left of our own.”
— USA Today on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

“Remarkable . . . wrenchingly, gorgeously elegiac. . . . [I]n The Ocean at the End of the Lane, [Gaiman] summons up childhood magic and adventure while acknowledging their irrevocable loss, and he stitches the elegiac contradictions together so tightly that you won’t see the seams.”
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

“[A] compelling tale for all ages . . . entirely absorbing and wholly moving.”
— New York Daily News on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

“The impotence of childhood is often the first thing sentimental adults forget about it; Gaiman is able to resurrect, with brutal immediacy, the abject misery of being unable to control one’s own life.”
— Laura Miller, Salon

“Mr. Gaiman labels [his novel] ‘for all ages,’ which is exactly right. It has grief, fear and regret, as well as love and awe-adult emotions, but children feel them too…. [L]ike all Mr. Gaiman’s work, this is fantasy of the very best.”
— Wall Street Journal on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

“Gaiman has crafted an achingly beautiful memoir of an imagination and a spellbinding story that sets three women at the center of everything. . . .[I]t’s a meditation on memory and mortality, a creative reflection on how the defining moments of childhood can inhabit the worlds we imagine.”
— Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI)

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78 comments:

debbie said...

I would like to read this book. I have read really good reviews for it. I would like to see what happens after the man commits suicide.
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Steve Capell said...

I would say anyone like Neil Gaiman who has 1.8 million people following him on Twitter must be doing something worth following -- and likewise something worth reading. GREAT post and I too am wondering about the suicide and how that can come back 40 years in this novel. Thanks for the opportunity -- GREAT POST!

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Pamela Keener said...

This book sounds compelling
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Tea norman said...

I like to read about memory and tragedy along with a setting which binds these factors together. This seems like a very poignant story. There is suicide. Suicide is always painful whether in real life or in a novel.

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+1 On Neil Gaiman's site I discovered what type of book review makes him happy. He likes a review which doesn't tell the story plot and give spoilers, but one which tells the readers' feelings about his book. I will try hard to keep this in mind when writing my next book review.:)

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Tiffany Drew said...

I'd like to read this because I read and enjoyed The Graveyard Book and have been looking forward to reading more of his books. Thank you!

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Margie said...

This sounds like an intriguing book, combining the past and the present. Thanks for this giveaway.

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Tina said...

Lots of buzz on this one...I've never read Gaiman and think it's about time. This one looks like one I'd enjoy.
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Patricia said...

I'm intrigued by the unremembered past flooding back.
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Linda Kish said...

I like the idea of going to your childhood home and sort of reliving your past through your memories. I went back to my childhood home in 1980 and it was such fun to relieve my memories.

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I liked his essay...Where do you get your ideas?

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Galadriel said...

I liked the line about"a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean"
Twitter post here: https://twitter.com/aslanscompass/status/363475201574453249
I liked the link to A Study in Emerald on the Neil Gaiman website

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