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An Ocean of Minutes
By (author): Thea Lim
9780735234918 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Dystopian Jun 26, 2018
$24.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.63 x 8.25 in 336 pages Penguin Canada Viking
An unforgettable love story of two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart, for readers 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 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 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.

Story Locale: Buffalo, NY and Galveston, TX

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS: We will publish simultaneously with Simon & Schuster (US) and Quercus (UK).

WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Thea has written for major media outlets including Salon, the Guardian, the Southampton Review, Bitch magazine, and many others; she is well-connected and poised to make her mark in the world of fiction.

PERFECT GENRE ENTRY: In keeping with the new trend of “literary dystopian” fiction like Station Eleven, American War, The End We Start From, and Zone One, this hits the sweet spot of smart, engaging fiction which asks big questions even as it takes readers on an unforgettable journey.

TOPICAL SUBJECT MATTER: With stories about migration, immigration, displacement, and worker rights continually in the media, Polly’s struggles to acclimatize to the bleak corporate hellscape in which she finds herself will resonate in a very timely fashion.

THEA LIM’s writing has been published by the Southampton Review, the Guardian, Salon, the Millions, Bitch magazine, Utne Reader, and others, and she has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and she previously served as nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Author Hometown: Singapore

Marketing: - Extensive social advertising campaign

- Goodreads advertising and giveaways

- Search advertising campaign through the summer

Publicity: Extensive national radio review like CBC The Next Chapter

Select national newspaper review/op ed -  like Mark Medley Globe and Mail

Selection regional coverage with Podcast interviews

Tour - Toronto

Events for a younger audience 

“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

An Ocean of Minutes offers that rare combination of a provocative speculative setting, masterfully elegant writing, and a story that moves and haunts long after the last page. Thea Lim is an enormously talented writer.”—David Chariandy, author of Brother and Soucouyant


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