Staff Picks – Laura – OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, DB 77198

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE begins as a man returns to his childhood home for a funeral.  As he explores his old neighborhood he is inexplicably pulled towards the farm of his childhood friend Lettie.  There he finds her family still living, unchanged despite the years.  As he sits by their pond, memories of the terrifying events of his childhood unfold.  Through the eyes of his seven year old self, we learn how the boy befriended Lettie, who, though she was 11, had been so for a very, very long time, and how they together encountered a malevolent presence from another world that used him as a conduit to cross into ours.  When he and Lettie confronted the presence to send it back, tragedy occurred.  This haunting and affecting story deftly portrays the loneliness of childhood and how tragedy can follow you your entire life, floating right below the surface of memory.

NLS Annotation:

OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE  by GAIMAN, NEIL

Sussex, England. A man returns to his childhood home for a funeral.  While there, he is drawn to the farm where his friend Lettiee lived with her mother and grandmother. After he enters the property, he remembers the terrifying experiences he and Lettiee shared. Some violence. Bestseller. 2013.  DB   77198; BR   20187