The library has will sponsor a discussion of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 PM. It will be free and open to the public.
Published in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a number one New York Times bestseller and was voted “Book of the Year” in the British National Book Awards. It tells the story of an unnamed narrator who returns to his hometown after forty years to attend a funeral. On an impulse, he visits the farm down the lane from the house in which he grew up, only to find himself overwhelmed by memories of the strange girl he knew there and the dangerous encounter they shared with the other-wordly.
USA Today hailed the novel as “worthy 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.” And the London Times said, “[Gaiman’s] prose is simple but poetic, his world strange but utterly believable—if he was South American we would call this magic realism rather than fantasy.”
The author of novels, film and television scripts, and comic books, Neil Gaiman was born in England and now lives in the United States, where he is Professor of Arts at Bard College. He first gained recognition for his ground-breaking comic book Sandman. His work has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbury and Carnegie Medals. His other books include American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.