An Ocean of Minutes
By Thea Lim
Read by Lisa Rost-Welling
What would you give to recover the past? In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Station Eleven, a bittersweet and unforgettable love story of a couple who are at once weeks and many years apart.
'This is a novel I've been waiting for... an extraordinary book'
Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
'Strikingly imaginative... unlike anything I've ever read, rich with pinpoint emotional insight and fierce, vivid observations about a future that's already our past'
Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays
THEIR STORY BEGINS WITH A GOODBYE.
Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, 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.
'A profound meditation on the inhumanity of class and the limits of love...This is a story about the malleability of time, but at its core lives something timeless'
Omar El Akkad, author of American War
'A buoyant, compelling tale ranging from the everyday beauty of falling in love to a frightening vision of a dystopian present day... boundless and dynamic'
Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters
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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'Lim has it all; she's fearless, smart and writes like a dream. This is a novel I've been waiting for... an extraordinary book' — Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
'A strikingly imaginative time-travel story unlike anything I've ever read, rich with pinpoint emotional insight and fierce, vivid observations about a future that's already our past' — Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays
Amidst the breathtaking world Thea Lim has created in An Ocean of Minutes is a profound meditation on the inhumanity of class and the limits of love. It takes immense talent to render cruelty both accurately and with honest beauty - Lim has pulled it off. This is a story about the malleability of time, but at its core lives something timeless — Omar El Akkad, author of American War
An Ocean of Minutes is a time machine into the future of this moment. Gripping and graceful, it's dystopian love story as told by a visionary. Thea Lim's novel reads like the birth of a legend.
— Mat Johnson, award-winning author of Pym and Loving Day
An Ocean of Minutes offers that rare combination of a provocative speculative setting, masterfully elegant writing, and a story that moves and haunts long after the last page. Thea Lim is an enormously talented writer. — David Chariandy, author of Brother
A buoyant, compelling tale ranging from the everyday beauty of falling in love to a frightening vision of a dystopian present day... boundless and dynamic
— Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters
The novel oscillates between the present and future - a jarring juxtaposition that's equally touching and heartbreaking. While Polly's future is unrecognizable, there are a few depressing tenants that remain: all-consuming capitalism, sexual violence, and extreme wealth inequality are a few... A beautiful debut exploring how time, love, and sacrifice are never what they seem to be — Kirkus