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Book Discussion - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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In October we're getting spooky and reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. October also means Chaibo should be serving their famous pumpkin gelato and pumpkin whoopie pies! Yum!

Below are descriptions of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Amazon and Kirkus Reviews.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2013: Neil Gaiman's intent was simple: to write a short story. What he ended up with instead was The Ocean at the of the Lane--his first adult novel since Anansi Boyscame out in 2005, and a narrative so thoughtful and thrilling that it's as difficult to stop reading as it was for Gaiman to stop writing. Forty years ago, our narrator, who was then a seven-year-old boy, unwittingly discovered a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. What happens next is an imaginative romp through otherwordly adventure that could only come from Gaiman's magical mind. Childhood innocence is tested and transcended as we see what getting between ancient, mystic forces can cost, as well as what can be gained from the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating tale that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.

Kirkus Reviews: Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.