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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
A major new work from "a writer to make readers rejoice" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)a moving story of memory, magic, and survivalSussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettiemagical, comforting, wise beyond her yearspromised to protect him, no matter what.A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
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Come-read-with-me
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This was an amazing fairy tale for grown ups. The narrator, a seven-year-old who can still appreciate the wonder and mystery of the world, takes readers on a journey to discover a secret world hidden among the mundane activities of daily life. This is a book about all of the amazing things we forget to remember as we age.

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jen_the_scribe
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1. Really loved this one!
2. My father called me Tita (short for chiquita = little girl)
3. Onion rings with campfire sauce (Red Robin)
4. Just family time and reading 😊
5. 2 - English and Spanish

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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Mishu94
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So so so excited to finally get my hands on this one! I really hope it‘s as good as everyone claims it to be! 😬 Any fans? 🤓

wanderinglynn One of my faves. ❤️ Then again, I love all of Gaiman‘s work. 1mo
Mishu94 @wanderinglynn this is my second read by him! I read American Gods and now this! Which one do you like the best? 😬 1mo
wanderinglynn It‘s hard to pick a fave because they‘re all so different and all so amazing. But if I have to pick faves, I‘d go with Ocean, Good Omen, The Graveyard Book, and Coraline. And Neverwhere. (edited) 1mo
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Mishu94 @wanderinglynn I really hope I like this one! Then I‘ll surely read his other work! So excited 😬 1mo
wanderinglynn I‘ll be interested to hear what you think! 😀 1mo
Mishu94 @wanderinglynn I‘ll let you know as soon as I‘m done! 😄 1mo
AllieLovesBooks I‘m a fan! 💙 4d
Mishu94 @AllieLovesBooks I really liked it aswell! 🤗 4d
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allureofbeauty
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Red.Reads
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Woohoo! 24 hours done!!

I'm going to celebrate my victory by finishing this book in the morning, I'm off to bed now, haha

#24in48 @24in48 #readathon #victoryismine

parttimedomestic Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 🍾💃🏻🎉🎉🥳🥳👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
CuriousG Congrats on getting 24 hours in! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeah. ⭐️💗👍 1mo
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Red.Reads
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So here it is, my final choice for the #24in48 #readathon

I'm in the UK, so I have until 5am to finish the 24 hours, but I'm certainly hoping to be asleep at that time, haha

#NeilGaiman #NeilGaimanisalegend @24in48

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1. I read this one a while ago, but it solidified my love for him. :)
2. Depends on the day- today is crunchy!
3. Sunrise (when I‘m awake to see it!)
4. I‘d probably buy furniture or new appliances, which officially makes me an adult 😂
5. Fourth grade- I remember my teacher giving impactful lessons and making an impression on me like no other educator before. She had a recess book club, had a pet hamster, and had a big heart. ❤️
#friyayintro

howjessreads Same answers to numbers 4 and 5! 1mo
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jen_the_scribe
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Neil Gaiman is a genius in my book. Such an interesting plot, VERY sympathetic characters, and vivid details of such imaginative/fictional creatures and settings. His narration brings out my inner child where I hang on his every word and get lost in his story. It was at times creepy, but in an intriguing way. Mostly, it was magical.

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madamereadsalot1
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1. "I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway." Neil Gaiman
2. Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao (it's from the old Jackie Chan cartoon. It translates to something like spirits, demons, monsters, leave. I say it a lot. Lol!)
3. It is what it is.
4. Yer a wizard, Harry.

#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great answers! I especially like Q2! 👍🏻 Thanks for playing! 😀 1mo
sudi I love the answer to the 2nd one 😄 1mo
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jen_the_scribe
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Neil Gaiman has set the bar really high and ruined other narrators for me. Loving this audiobook so far.

Scochrane26 This was my first Gaiman book. 1mo
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 How did you like it? 1mo
Scochrane26 @jen_the_scribe I really liked it (read it a few yrs ago for a book challenge). I have read a few more of his since. 1mo
Cathythoughts Love that floaty cover 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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Squidonland

I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.

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Squidonland

She really was pretty, for a grown-up, but when you are seven, beauty is an abstraction, not an imperative.

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Plaidsticks
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I actually don‘t usually like reading Neil Gaiman, I prefer listening. But I needed a quick read and this was buried in our Kindle library so decided to give it a shot. Glad I did. Fun story with a little twist at the end.

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Yanya
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Loved this creepy dark fantastical book!

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jen_the_scribe

I love Gaiman's work, excited to read this one.

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caitlin.reads.books
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I found a charming little independent bookstore while vacationing on Mackinac Island. I‘ve been wanting to read Neil Gaiman for a while and I found a book of his that really caught my attention (tagged) and a Detroit true crime book since I need one from Michigan to add to my collection. 🖤 // #independentbookstore #mackinacisland #michigan

Reviewsbylola Love Mackinac Island! We used to visit when I was a kid! 2mo
emz711 Great book choice 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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It‘s a lane or a #roadtonowhere because you‘ll only find an ocean at the end of it. 🤷‍♀️

#WanderingJune

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julesG
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How I spent my morning. 😁

Reading the German edition of tagged book for #12Littens12Books and reading the notes in the accompanying notebook. Let me just say, @Heideschrampf Wow!!! Bookmark and your notes look great!

Charlie, were we meant to keep one of the bookmarks in the front of the notebook? @LaLecture

LapReader The ocean at the end of the lane is owned by my best friend‘s family. It‘s inspired by a real place! I have the book but am yet to read it. Keen to hear your thoughts. 2mo
julesG @LapReader You couldn't possibly take photos and share them with all of us Gaiman fans? Also, they aren't the Hempstock's of the book, are they? 2mo
LapReader I‘m many miles away in Australia. I will ask her. 2mo
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Heideschrampf 🙈😘 2mo
ju.ca.no @LapReader oh I would also love to see those photos😱😍 2mo
LaLecture I haven‘t put bookmarks in there so I guess it was someone else along the way 😅. 2mo
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llwheeler
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1. An Ocean of Minutes and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Accidental ocean title theme going on...
2. Good Omens - loved it 😍😍
3. The Expanse (started a while ago but stopped for some reason. Getting back to it now)

rachelsbrittain I'm only two episodes into Good Omens, but loving it! 2mo
llwheeler @rachelsbrittain I finished the last three eps last night, i couldn't stop! 2mo
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Branwen
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My reading buddy 🐱📚💕 #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn Aw, what a cutie! ❤️🐱 3mo
Slajaunie So precious! 🐾💙 3mo
Leftcoastzen Cutie pie! 3mo
DivineDiana 😻 3mo
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KimHM
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“They could arrive last Tuesday when there‘s nobody home.”

This isn‘t in the same category as American Gods (one of my all time faves) but I‘m appreciating the subtlety of the writing more on this reread than I did when it first came out. 📚💙📚❤️📚💚

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LittleBug
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This book was like a trip down memory lane for me 😊 It reminded me very much of a childhood friend, who came up with all sorts of adventures based on the books we read. That's what this felt like to me too, a story of a boy that creates an adventure to explain what he doesn't (yet) understand.
I don't usually like to read books for a younger target audience, but because of the nostalgia I actually had good fun with this one.
#12Littens12Books

tpixie Sounds intriguing and great photo! 3mo
LittleBug @tpixie If you don‘t mind a story told from a child‘s perspective I would absolutely recommend it! Photo is from pixabay, I always forget to mention that🥴 3mo
tpixie I‘ll have to try it!! Don‘t worry about crediting the photo! You did a great job choosing it! ♥️📚♥️ 3mo
LittleBug @tpixie ☺️💜☺️ 3mo
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Tashreads
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This is only the second Gaiman novel I've read. The first, American Gods, underwhelmed me, so I went in with trepidation. However, this mystical, magical, almost mythical coming-of-age story charmed and delighted me. I'll be back for more.

emz711 Agreed. I'll have to try American Gods again 3mo
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Okay the van is all packed up! What is the one book in your collection you kept out for safety???? Mine is my signed first edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. #packingpages

jb72 I just finished that Gaiman book and really enjoyed it. It‘s so hard to think about books and packing. One year I moved and the uhaul leaked all over my book boxes. I had to unpack them fast. But I‘d definitely keep out my friend‘s books that I need to read and return. 4mo
Sharpeipup Mine was whatever was the longest so I‘d had a thick book to hold me over until I unpacked the rest. Also mine were packed by read & unread. 4mo
AsYouWish The Secret by Julie Garwood, this book gives me all the feels and brings me “home” every time I read it. 4mo
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Kerrioke Hmm... I‘d probably keep out my signed copy of End of Watch by Stephen King. I haven‘t read it yet and it‘s my only signed book! 4mo
LauraJ My signed Anne Rice 1st editions! They remind me of some of favorite things about living in New Orleans. (edited) 4mo
SleepyDragon One book? Everytime we've moved there was a box that rode in the car with me. 😁 It would probably be 2-3 boxes now that the kids all have collections as well. Lol 4mo
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jb72
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#neilgaiman #fairytale
3 🌟🌟🌟

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AnnHeitman
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Mehso-so

I didn't like it that much...

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Finishing my quiet Saturday with a wee dram and this ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT
book. I now know while all my Librarians LOVE Neil Gaiman. 🤓#whenindoubtgotothelibrary

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Djspens
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It's finally feeling like spring! Took the puppy out for a nice walk, now she's pooped! I started this audiobook, enjoyed the first hour. #nationalpuppyday is tomorrow! #dogsoflitsy

xxjenadanxx I loved that book! Also doggos give me life! 5mo
Read_By_Red Such a great little story! 5mo
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“Books are better than other people anyway”

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I doubted Neil Gaiman on this one and shouldn‘t have! It starts off like one of those wistful, nostalgic trips down memory lane to childhood, but the story quickly grew teeth. The narrator (a 6-7 year old boy) of course does EVERYTHING wrong—the exact opposite of what he‘s told to do, so everything that happens is pretty much his fault, but it‘s an interesting story. Never doubt Neil!!

GingerAntics It does seem so weird at the beginning, but it was great. Loved this. I agree. Never doubt Neil. 5mo
tournevis Never doubt Neil and never look at a grey wool blanket again. 5mo
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Stephuhhnieee

“Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?”

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Stephuhhnieee
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- Very Coraline mixed with Bridge to Terabithia?

- Many “wtf” moments.

Thoroughly enjoying it! 😂

BekaReid This is one of my favorites!! 6mo
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tealwish
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Perhaps my favorite Neil Gaiman

Alexander_Meng Mine too 😁❤ 6mo
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bookish7
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I absolutely loved this book! I love books that are able to incorporate myths into reality. It was a bit of a surprise to me because I hadn't read reviews of the book and the jacket is vague but intriguing. I was pleasantly surprised to find a well written story about a boys journey into the mythological plane. It's so short it should be a must. This is the first Neil Gaiman book I've ever read and I'm looking forward to American Gods.

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The best thing about Neil Gaiman's writing is his voice. I want to listen to everything he has narrated!❤❤❤

BBooks He's the best. 📚❤🎧 6mo
DarcysMom I would listen to him read anything! 💕💕💕 6mo
tealwish @DarcysMom Me too!!! 6mo
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Alexander_Meng
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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down even for a minute

Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 6mo
Alexander_Meng @Librarybelle thank you! 😊 6mo
Bklover I liked this one too. 6mo
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Reggie Aww, this book was like a grown up fairy tale to me. Welcome to Litsy! 6mo
tournevis It's so good! 6mo
Alexander_Meng I just love Neil Gaiman! The best one, for me, is American Gods 😁 6mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 6mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 6mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 6mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy! 😊 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm This was my first Gaiman. Liked it but I loved The Graveyard Book, Stardust and Neverwhere. 😊 6mo
Alexander_Meng @erzascarletbookgasm haven't read any of them, though I loved the Stardust movie and Neverwhere is actually on my bookshelf. I will have to read the three, and the Norse mythology 6mo
LoverofLit Welcome to Litsy! Love Gaiman. This may be my favorite of his. Or 6mo
megnews Welcome to Litsy! 6mo
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KUBuckeye
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Escaping into this story.

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NataliePatalie
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I got this from the library for 2 reasons:
1) I'm seeing Neil Gaiman in May & wanted to read more of his books by then.
2) The theme for Book Pub this month was fantasy.
My husband loves Neil Gaiman & asked if I wanted to read it together, I hate reading aloud but figured it might be fun to try. So we took turns reading to each other, aside from the last couple nights where he did all the reading, bc I got sick & didn't want to. He's a keeper 😂

JaclynW What a guy! Enjoy your visit with Neil Gaiman! He's wonderful! 6mo
Blueberry Love your husband 😀. Umm, what's this about Neil Gaiman?? 6mo
NataliePatalie @Blueberry He's pretty cool 😎 Hahah I told you Margaret got me a Neil Gaiman ticket! 6mo
NataliePatalie @JaclynW Thanks! I've never gone to any of his events before but I keep hearing they're really great! 6mo
fictionaltiff I loveeeee this book 5mo
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rohit-sawant
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This is so difficult!

Stephen King
Sherwood Anderson
Gillian Flynn
Neil Gaiman
Sylvia Plath
Charles Dickens

Did the collage just so I could share that pic of Neil Gaiman with a flaming sword 😆
#LitFive (well, six 🙃)
@britt_brooke

britt_brooke That IS a phenomenal photo! 👏🏻 Nice choices! 6mo
Cathythoughts Excellent picks 👍🏻♥️♥️ 6mo
NHLibrarian I have the Neil Gaiman picture on a shirt! https://teefury.com/products/a-good-omen 6mo
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readordierachel It's a fantastic picture! 6mo
rohit-sawant @NHLibrarian Oo, that is awesome! 🙌🏽 6mo
rohit-sawant @readordierachel Right?! 🗡🔥 6mo
vivastory Great list! It is hard. I've been second guessing myself since I posted, wishing I'd posted Stephen King & Agatha Christie. 6mo
rohit-sawant @vivastory Thanks! Second guessing likewise! Gah, Agatha Christie. Wish I'd included her too. Also, Eowyn Ivey. 6mo
rohit-sawant And the Brontë sisters, of course. Guess that completes a second set of five. 😆 6mo
Tanisha_A Yeah, that picture! 😱👌 6mo
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Words save our lives sometimes

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Carolyn11215 I loved this book!! 6mo
Purrsistently @Carolyn11215 I almost tossed it over Fluffy but I'm glad I finished😅😅😅 6mo
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Ladygodiva7
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Friday read! 📖

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Craftylikefox
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📚The Ocean at The End Of The Lane- made me hungry at times, reading it
🎬 Matilda - Oh that chocolate cake!!
🎼 Hungry Eyes - now it‘s stuck in my head 😂
#manicmonday #🍰 @JoScho

JoScho 😊❤️🍰 7mo
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Sweetkokoro
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“Does it make you feel big to make a little boy cry?”

Most definitely the most powerful line through the whole book. This was a beautiful book yet hard for me to read. The father‘s anger & the chapter with the tub were not something I enjoyed. To have this child say something like this was powerful. Children being hurt by their loved ones is one thing that tears me apart & is always hard for me to read.
Two books completed for #24in48