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An Ocean of Minutes

By Thea Lim

  • Paperback
  • £13.99

How long would you wait for the one you love? The heartbreaking and unforgettable story of a couple who are at once weeks and many years apart. Perfect for fans of The Time Traveller's Wife.

How long would you wait for the one you love? The heartbreaking and unforgettable story of a couple who are at once weeks and many years apart.

It starts with a goodbye and the sacrifice of a lifetime. When Polly and Frank are torn apart their love must survive solely on the promise of a future together...

It is 1981 and America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him. It will mean her risking everything: Frank can only receive the life-saving treatment he so desperately needs if Polly agrees to time travel to the future. They promise to meet again in Galveston, Texas in 1993.

But when Polly is re-routed and arrives five years late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a divided America, with no status and no money, Polly is desperate to find him. But as danger mounts and her search demands unthinkable sacrifice, she must ask herself: what does it cost to hold on to the past, and what does it cost to let it go?

An Ocean of Minutes is a devastating and timely novel about hope, yearning, migration and how far we will go for the ones we love.

Biographical Notes

Thea Lim's novel An Ocean of Minutes is forthcoming from Quercus Uk, Simon & Schuster US and Penguin Canada in Summer 2018. Her writing has been published by the Southampton Review, the Guardian, Salon, the Millions, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader and others, and she has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work, including artists' grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and she previously served as nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast.

She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto with her family.

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  • ISBN: 9781786487926
  • Publication date: 28 Jun 2018
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Quercus
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