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An Ocean of Minutes

A Novel
Written by: Thea Lim
Narrated by: Lisa Rost-Welling
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Short-listed for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Long-listed for the 2019 CBC Canada Reads.

An unforgettable love story of two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart, for fans of Station Eleven.

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; if she signs up for a one-way trip into the future to work as a bonded labourer, 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 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 terrifying new world to find Frank, to discover if he is alive, and to see if their love has endured.

An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous, devastating novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past - and the price of letting it go.    

©2018 Thea Lim (P)2018 Viking

What the critics say

“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, author of American War)

“The premise Lim sets up here allows for the most multifaceted examination of time’s value. Time is Polly and Frank’s shared past and the promise of a shared future.... The tragedy that the people we love don’t get to live forever is the subject of some of our oldest stories. And also, it seems, our stories of the future.” (The Globe and Mail)

“Lim has it all; she’s fearless, smart, and writes like a dream. This is a novel I’ve been waiting for...extraordinary.” (Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her)

"Lim’s enthralling novel succeeds on every level: as a love story, an imaginative thriller, and a dystopian narrative." (Publishers Weekly

Hear the Author Read an Excerpt

At Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize in Toronto on November 4, 2018, author Thea Lim read an excerpt from her novel An Ocean of Minutes.
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The reader‘s voice was very monotoned and was boring the listen to
The story itself was just ok

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Good story

It explores time travel and plagues in an interesting way. I liked (but not loved it). The author focused on the effect of time travel on those left behind. The idea of meeting up in the future was very interesting.

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one of my new favoiritesa

Well written and unique perspective on immigration, love, and a variety of other topics. I'm looking forward to what this author writes next.