The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the October selection for Andrew Thornton's Inspired by Reading Book Club, is narrated by an unnamed 7 year old child in the form of an extended flash back triggered by a funeral which he attends as an adult. For me the story was a poignant tale of trauma, childhood neglect and the power of love. I truly enjoyed reading it and found all of its mystical, sci-fi and other worldly details engrossing and emotionally charged.
I chose to use a large heart that I made from polymer clay to carry the theme of the story and added small details to particularize it.
When I assembled the necklace, I was especially thrilled that the arm and hand milagro that I hung from the double spiral bail gently touched the "ice" in his heart. I felt that it was a good representation of the love and safe haven Lettie Hempstock and her family provided for him.
I actually made two different versions of the necklace using a different heart for each but in the end chose this one, as it was warmer and worked better with the piece of ice that I felt was essential to the telling of this story.
The necklace is strung on a partially doubled piece of natural colored linen that is a reference to the wicked creature's appearance of being made of old ragged cloth.
linen straps on necklace
I used a heart milagro to highlight the child's need for protection
And Wooly Wire and a Double Spiral Bail to attach the heart
Double Spiral Bail attached with Wooly Wire
Overall view of necklace
Overall view of necklace being worn
I think I liked this book so much because the Hempstocks recognized the narrator's need for love and safety and were kind to him in such essential and fundamental ways that he was able to heal from the wounds of childhood trauma.
You can see what others made after reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, on Andrew Thornton's blog HERE I will update this link later in the day when the blogpost is up.
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Special thanks to Andrew Thornton who is the one who continues to inspire us to read and create and invites you join in.