The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by NEIL GAIMAN
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…
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
The Ocean at the End of the Lane has Gaiman’s signature style written all over it, yet it’s unlike anything he’s ever written before. I’m fact, it’s the one book in his portfolio he never meant to write.
I watched a video on YouTube not long after I read the book in which Gaiman revealed he’d written the story for his wife during a time where she was working halfway across the world for an extended period. Initially, he told his publisher, “I think I may have a new short story soon,” which was followed days later by, “Nope, I think it’ll be a novella.” Perhaps a few more weeks went by and he called up his publisher again, announcing, “No, we most definitely have a new novel on our hands.”
I’m glad The Ocean at the End of the Lane became more than a short story. I’m glad I got to sit down and spend time with this delightful little novel. It’s poetic and profound more times than one. It’s a coming of age story and a love story full of bizarre, dark fantasy elements outlined by moments of light.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane immediately became one of my most cherished books in my collection. It has inspired me deeply and shown me that oftentimes, if not always, our best work comes when we’re creating not for our audience, but for ourselves and the people we hold most dear.