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An Ocean of Minutes

(2018)
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Their story begins with a good-bye.

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 12 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 on to the past - and the price of letting it go.

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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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
Author(s): Thea Lim
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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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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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
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