Help Us Get an Event with Neil Gaiman!
Want to see Book Passage host an event with Neil Gaiman? Help us be the store that sells the most copies of his brilliant novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Dec. 31 and he'll come pay us a visit in 2014!
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
"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." --Book Passage Marketing Coordinator Zack Ruskin