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This week: Emily from Emily Reads Everything!
Hi! I’m Emily from Emily Reads Everything. I’m so grateful to Sarah for inviting me to choose a book to recommend to you!
It was such a hard decision for me. I have been agonizing over which book to pick for Sarah for days. I knew that I liked series better than stand alone books but I didn’t realize exactly how much! It was really hard to pick just a single book and not a series! Finally I settled on one that, in my opinion is a must read.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This modern fairy tale is absolutely magical. Gaiman spins a tale that’s both terrifying and heartwarming. It’s about friendship, loyalty and promises kept. He reminds us of childhood fears that we always knew were true, except we grew up and forgot. This book reminds you of all the times you were absolutely certain of something and yet no adult would listen. It’s pinky swears and fireflies and things that go bump in the night. This book is an instant classic.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s funny and beautiful and still dark and creepy. Really, everything that Neil Gaiman is as a writer shines through in this eerie fable. I couldn’t get enough.
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About the Book
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
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.
Thanks, Emily! Make sure to follow her on all his platforms!
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