The Ocean at the End of the Lane
ByÂ Neil Gaiman
April 21 – May 23, 2015
Odessa Arts, with the assistance of itâ€™s partners: the Ector County Library, The Friends of the Ector County Library, Odessa College, The Education Foundation of Odessa, and the Ellen NoÃ«l Art Museum is launching the third city-wide read, One Book Odessa, on Monday, April 13th, 2015. The goal of One Book Odessa is to encourage literacy and reading throughout Ector County and to promote the Ector County Library and its services.
Our book selection this year is â€˜The Ocean at the End of the Lane
â€™ by Neil Gaiman.
Mr. Gaiman will appear at the Wagner NoÃ«l Performing Arts Center on May 20th, 2015 at 7pm for an evening of discussion on his work, reading from his latest short story collection, â€˜Trigger Warning,â€™ and audience Q&A. The event is free and open to the public, however tickets will be required and are available at:
(convenience charge may apply)
About â€˜The Ocean at the End of the Laneâ€™
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 Lettieâ€”magical, comforting, wise beyond her yearsâ€”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.
About Neil Gaiman
Gaiman is the #1 New York Times
bestselling author of more than twenty books. His works for adults include Neverwhere
(broadcast as a BBC radio adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch); Anansi Boys
; Good Omens
(with Terry Pratchett); and the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors
and Fragile Things
. His most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
, was described by The Guardian
as â€œa book that summons both the powerlessness and wonder of childhood, and the complicated landscape of memory and forgetting.â€ It too was a #1 New York Times
bestseller, and was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
was adapted as a musical by Stephin Merritt in 2009. Other works for younger readers include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
(illustrated by longtime collaborator Dave McKean); The Wolves in the Walls
(made into an opera by the Scottish National Theatre); Odd and the Frost Giants
(written for 2009â€™s World Book Day, illustrated by Brett Helquist); and The Dangerous Alphabet
(illustrated by Gris Grimly). His most recent childrenâ€™s book is Fortunately the Milk
, another bestseller.
Gaiman has appeared as himself on The Simpsons
and an episode of Arthur, and has written for the hit television series Babylon 5
. He has also penned screenplays for the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere
; Dave McKeanâ€™s first feature film, Mirrormask
, for the Jim Henson Company; and co-wrote (with Roger Avary) the script to Robert Zemeckisâ€™s Beowulf
. Other of Gaimanâ€™s work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust
(starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer); Coraline
(an Academy Award nominee and the BAFTAÂ winner for Best Animated Film); Sandman
(currently in development as a major motion picture); and American Gods
(a forthcoming television series).