An Ocean of Minutes
By Thea Lim
How long would you wait for love to return? In the vein of The Time Traveller's Wife and Station Eleven, a sweeping and unforgettable love story of a couple who are at once weeks and many years apart.
She would like to breathe in the smell of Frank's skin one last time, a smell like salt cut with something sweet. But there is no time. If she doesn't leave, he will die.
Their story begins with a goodbye.
Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1981, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank.
All they have is the promise of a future together: they will find each other again in twelve years' time, in Galveston, Texas, where the sea begins.
But when something goes wrong and Polly arrives late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Completely alone, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find him, and to discover if their love has endured.
An Ocean of Minutes is a devastating and timely novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past - and the price of letting it go.
Thea Lim's 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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28 Jun 2018
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