By Samantha Samel
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
With more than 20 published books under his belt, Neil Gaiman is a prolific writer – but it has been eight years since he’s released a novel for adults. Now, with his enchanting book “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (William Morrow; On Sale June 18, 2013), Gaiman is back in full force and will be launching his novel and national tour at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House on June 18.
“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” begins when a middle-aged man returns to his home in Sussex, England, to attend a funeral. He is instantly reminded of his childhood friend, a bewitching girl named Lettie Hempstock who guided him through a mystical world. Though the narrator hasn’t thought about Lettie in years, he is inundated with memories upon his visit home. He recalls strange and sometimes deeply frightening experiences, illustrating the sensitivity of childhood, and the importance of friendship in times of unease.
The June 18 event will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45-$55 (all include a copy of Gaiman’s new book) and may be purchased at http://commerce.bam.org/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=7606
BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House is located at 30 Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene.
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Neil Gaiman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children, including the novels “Neverwhere,” “Stardust”, “American Gods,” “Anansi Boys,” “Coraline,” and “The Graveyard Book,” the Sandman series of graphic novels; and Make Good Art, the text of a commencement speech he delivered at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He is the recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Locus and Hugo Awards and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Born and raised in England, he now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer.