An Ocean of Minutes

An Ocean of Minutes

Title:An Ocean of Minutes
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781501192562
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages

Shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Best Book of the Year according to Real Simple, the Globe and Mail, and the CBC, this follows the love story of two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart.

In this novel 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. When she finds out there’s a company that has invented time travel, she agrees to a radical contract: 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 transformed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a new life and find a way to locate Frank, to determine if he is alive, and if their love has endured.

An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous and heartbreaking story that paints an intimate portrait of endurance and complexity of human relationships and the cost of holding onto the past—and the price of letting it go.


    An Ocean of Minutes Reviews

  • Nick

    》5 stars《It has been a while since I have been this devoted to a book. Dystopian novels were my favorite in my high school years. This took me back it time somehow. It is a book about time travel ...

  • Marchpane

    An Ocean of Minutes pulls a bait-and-switch that I expect will frustrate and confuse some readers. It appears to promise a pandemic/dystopia with a time travel twist, and a bit of a love story to boot...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    I gobbled this book up in one day! I found it utterly fascinating and was gripped by the storyline from the get go. The premise is that by the year 1981 America is in the deadly clutches of a flu pand...

  • Beverly

    Compared to Station Eleven and The Time Traveler's Wife on the cover, An Ocean of Minutes was only very superficially like them in that in the first case there was a flu epidemic and in the second it ...

  • Diana

    So, Polly and Frank love each other and Frank falls ill with a pandemic flu that is very rare. In order to get treatmnt they need a lot of money, so Polly ends up offering to work for a time travellin...

  • Nick

    I can't wait to read this....

  • Lata

    This time travel story isn't interested in the mechanics of the technology. Rather, it's about the displacement and dislocation one feels when one lands in a world that is similar but very, very diffe...

  • Allison ?hikes the bookwoods?

    The protagonist was usually lost, people were mostly mean to her, and this reader was generally bored. ...

  • Maxwell

    This book was perfectly fine but nothing really that special to me. It has a cool concept and with that it can tackle some interesting issues, but I guess I just never felt that connected to Polly eno...

  • Bookworm

    2.5 stars Hmmm...I'm thinking this is one of those books that could have been amazing but wasn't.. I'm a huge fan of dystopian sci fi and I love time travel stories, but An Ocean of Minutes was quite ...