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Publisher's Summary

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

A Loan Stars Top 10 pick by Canadian librarians for June 2018
A Chatelaine “18 Buzzy Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer” selection
One of cbc.ca’s “8 Canadian books we can’t wait to read in June” selection  

©2018 Thea Lim (P)2018 Viking

Critic Reviews

“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)

“A 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, author of All Our Wrong Todays)

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

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