the ocean at the end of the lane
william morrow books
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.
There is something incredibly bewitching about Neil Gaiman's writing and it's only emphasized when you listen to the audiobook read by him.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is creepy, haunting, terrifying, sad and magical. A different kind of coming-of-age tale with the most wonderful of characters. Lettie and her mother and grandmother were so rich and delicious. I wanted to be friends with them. I was desperate for them to come and save the boy from Ursula Monkton.
I loved how the character's names sounded coming from Gaiman. Ursula Monkton, Lettie Hempstock....and how the narrator, the boy, had no name.
I kept thinking how freaking terrifying the entire experience would be. How helpless he felt, how strong Lettie was and was heartbroken at the end. I wanted him to remember.
All in all, a fantastic read (or listen)!