In Neil Gaiman's adult novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the narrator arrives in his childhood hometown in Sussex, England to attend a funeral and takes a break between the funeral and the wake to visit the neighborhood in which he group up. He finds himself at the farmhouse at the end of the lane where he once knew an 11-year-old girl named Lettie Hempstock and her unusual mother and grandmother. Though Lettie is not there, he finds himself sitting on a bench by her pond revisiting some traumatic and difficult to explain events from his childhood.
The narrator, who remains nameless throughout the novel, begins to remember a fantastical story of other worlds, light and dark, mythological creatures, and strange magic. Fans of Gaiman's novel Stardust will appreciate the masterful storytelling, humor, and truth in The Ocean at the End of the Lane. At 181 pages, it is a quick but worthwhile read.
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