An Ocean of Minutes
by Thea Lim
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Pub Date 28 Jun 2018 | Archive Date 06 Jul 2018
Quercus Books, Quercus
'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
'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'
David Chariandy, author of Brother