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An Ocean of Minutes

(2018)
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In the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife and Station Eleven, a sweeping literary love story about two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart.

America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend, Polly, will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. 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 12 years.

But when Polly is rerouted 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.

An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous and heartbreaking story about the endurance and complexity of human relationships and 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
ISBN: 1-5011-9255-8 / 978-1-5011-9255-5 (USA edition)
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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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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
Author(s): Thea Lim
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
Author(s): Thea Lim
Publisher: Quercus
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
Author(s): Thea Lim
Publisher: Quercus
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
Author(s): Thea Lim
Publisher: Viking
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July 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel
Author(s): Thea Lim
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June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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Title: An Ocean of Minutes
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Publisher: Viking
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