An Ocean of Minutes

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Author(s): Thea Lim
Awards:2018-Shortlist-Scotiabank Giller Prize
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Product Number: DD39846
Released: Jul 10, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508263951
Narrator/s: Lisa Rost-Welling
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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).

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Author(s): Thea Lim
Narrator(s): Lisa Rost-Welling
Product Number Z100136806
Released: Jul 10, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508257868
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Author(s): Thea Lim
Product Number EB00717576
Released: Jul 10, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: #9781501192579

Professional reviews

"When Polly's boyfriend, Frank, catches the deadly flu that's sweeping the country, she travels forward in time as a kind of indentured servant in a desperate bid to save him. Narrator Lisa Rost-Welling's understated approach to emotional moments serves the story well as Polly suppresses her emotions and struggles to maintain a sense of balance when her plans to reunite with Frank go terribly awry. However, Rost-Welling's performance is uneven. Her character voices and accents are inconsistent, and her enunciation often sounds mushy. She succeeds best when voicing Polly, giving the character a willful na•vetŽ that highlights Lim's strong character development. E.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"