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An Ocean of Minutes

(2018)
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A shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the ALA 2019 Reading List for Science Fiction

“Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes is that rare thing—a speculative novel that is as heartfelt as it is philosophical. In lucid prose, Lim lays bare the complexities of migration and displacement, while offering a clear-eyed meditation on the elusive nature of human devotion.” —Esi Edugyan, Man Booker Prize Finalist and author of Washington Black

“Lim paints a strange and unfamiliar world with her novel, full of fascinating social commentary on class differences, racism, and sexism.” —The Los Angeles Times

In September 1981, Polly and Frank arrive at the time travel terminal at Houston Intercontinental Airport. One will travel, and one will stay.

America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. Frank has caught the virus and Polly will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. So she agrees to a radical plan—time travel has been invented in the future to thwart the virus. If she signs up for a one-way-trip into the future to work as a bonded laborer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years.

But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a new life and find a way to locate Frank, to discover if he is alive, and if their love has endured. “Lim’s enthralling novel succeeds on every level: as a love story, an imaginative thriller, and a dystopian narrative” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


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September 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
Author(s): Thea Lim
ISBN: 1-4328-6766-0 / 978-1-4328-6766-9 (USA edition)
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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
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June 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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ISBN: 0-7352-3491-4 / 978-0-7352-3491-8 (USA edition)
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July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
Author(s): Thea Lim
ISBN: 1-5082-6395-7 / 978-1-5082-6395-1 (USA edition)
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July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: Library Edition
Author(s): Thea Lim
ISBN: 1-5082-5787-6 / 978-1-5082-5787-5 (USA edition)
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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