The story centers on an artist returning to his childhood home—a place that he knows holds dark memories that exist at the periphery of his conscious memory. Once he’s there, the memories start to reappear, as they often do when we venture home after a long absence. There’s something about the familiar trappings of childhood that always unleash our strongest emotional reactions.
Unsurprisingly, Gaiman’s protagonist’s childhood was quite outside the ordinary. I won’t veer into spoiler territory (you can read a full review on the B&N Review), but as the unnamed narrator pieces together a series of tragic and otherworldly events that occurred when he was 7 years old, you’ll be drawn into a world that exists on the border of the ‘normal’ and the ‘paranormal.’ Gaiman’s mythical tale has already received glowing critical praise, and whether you’re a devoted fan or a newbie, put The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the top of your summer reading list.
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