I struggled a lot in picking this month's book (even more so than I normally do). I always try so hard to please the masses, while being mindful of pricing and potential book availability at libraries, and personal reading preferences. But I've had quite a few friends read, and review, this book on Goodreads lately, and each left the book sounding so beautiful and captivating. One of the latest reviews by my friend said of the book "It doesn't want to be rushed but rather wants to quietly unfurl and draw you in...and you want to let it."
And with that review, my mind was made up. I want, need, long for books that draw me in and leave me enchanted. And if this book can do that? Then sign me up, please!
So, this month, we're going to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (and hope my friends are telling the truth, lol!)
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 Laneis 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.
You can purchase a copy of the e-book through Amazon or Barnes and Noble, check out a copy from your local library, or I have a copy of the epub book that I picked up that I'll gladly share with anyone who can use it. Just send me your email address and I'll send it your way.
I'm off to start on the book right now. I hope it's all it's been promised to be!