As part of our Best Books of 2013 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

oceanatendoflaneNeil Gaiman’s latest adult novel reaches into his now trademark territory of fable and myth, but this time the story is both frightening and deeply intimate all at once.

His 50-something unnamed narrator finds himself back in his childhood home of Sussex, yet the trip takes a strange turn as he becomes entangled in the memories of his childhood past—the catalyst for his magical adventure. For a novel just under 200 pages, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a philosophical and emotional heavyweight you won’t easily shake.

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