June Book of the Month: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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.

Author: Neil Gamon
181 pages

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  • Zora G.

    Found it! thanks. Z

    July 7

  • Susanna

    Hope you all had a great time chatting about the book.

    1 · July 6

    • Susanna

      By the way, who showed last night?

      July 7

    • Zora G.

      I "lost" my e-mail you sent with the books listed, so when you say posted that is here somewhere??? We were 8 including me Chuck, Debbie, Sandi, Kris, Angela, Linda and Lon...Z

      July 7

  • Debbie D.

    Sure, see you there!

    July 6

  • Zora G.

    It's about 15 minutes drive for me...I'm glad to do it if you read the book and want to talk about it??? Let me know....thanks. z

    July 6

  • Debbie D.

    Yes, I had planned on it, but it's not that far for me...

    July 6

  • Zora G.

    I will drive over if somebody else is going, but I don't want to be the only one! Are you planning on attending? Z

    July 6

  • Debbie D.

    Um... guess I'm not clear... does that mean there will or will not be a book club meeting tonight?

    July 6

  • Zora G.

    If I don't hear a "yes" from anybody in the next 1/2 hour or so, I will assume no and stay home for the evening...glad you enjoyed the book Susanna and Chad! I read it again this afternoon and looked at the quotes I liked. Will post on my facebook page. I will miss next month (out of the area that day). Have a great summer guys!!! Z

    July 6

  • Debbie D.

    I am new to the group, read the book & was planning to go tonight for the first time. Please post if it's not happening!

    July 6

  • Zora G.

    Is anybody planning on going tonight? Just checking! Z

    July 6

  • Susanna

    Best friend in town, will miss the meetup. Loved the book!!! Have a great evening ;-)

    July 6

  • Chad

    I'll be out of town for this one but I did really like the book. Easy read, interesting and well written. Reminded me of a Stephen King story a bit actually, which is interesting because in the acknowledgements he thanked King for inspiring him to write it.

    June 20

  • kris U.

    I think this one sounds more like my cup of tea! thank you!

    June 1

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