There are books we cherish as children and ones we appreciate more fully the older we get. Then there are books like The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a work that completely traverses the landscapes of childhood and adult life, like an existential funhouse mirror that shows the reader who they were and who they’ll always be. Neil Gaiman’s latest novel is a fairy tale, a morality lesson and most importantly, an exquisitely gorgeous story of growing up and the power of friendship.
Indie Next ListJuly 2013
Gaiman is a magnificent storyteller, creating scenes so complete that you aren't just reading, but rather inhabiting a universe that's thoroughly believable yet truly otherworldly. The story's terror -- the claustrophobia and vulnerability of childhood, the way a child's wants, needs, and fears go unnoticed by adults, and the horrors that can result -- is perfectly balanced against the consolation of books, the magic of the natural world, and the power of those who do listen, understand, and take action to set the universe to rights at whatever cost to themselves. Painful and wonderful, gorgeous and horrifying, truly fantastic, essential and classic, this is a book to return to again and again. -- Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...