According to The Independent, Neil Gaiman’s new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, released yesterday, is “possibly Gaiman’s most lyrical, scary and beautiful work yet. It’s a tale about childhood for grown-ups, a fantasy rooted in the darkest corners of reality.”
Although Gaiman is known for children’s books such as Coraline and the new book is narrated by a seven-year-old, it is not meant for children; in fact, it’s his first adult novel in eight years.
“Ocean is more about … powerlessness and hopelessness,” he says. “When we’re very small we can’t actually do anything—we have no say in what happens, we have no money or resources, we sometimes have no idea what’s going on.”