The Age of Miracles
A NovelBook - 2012
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With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.
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"It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It's possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much."
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life--the fissures in her parents' marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
Praise for The Age of Miracles
"A stunner."--Justin Cronin
"A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, with impressive fluency and flair."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Gripping drama . . . flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan's Emerald City ." --The Denver Post
"If you begin this book, you'll be loath to set it down until you've reached its end." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Provides solace with its wisdom, compassion, and elegance."--Curtis Sittenfeld
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"The rotation of the earth has begun to slow and the environment is thrown into disarray. Julia is also coping with the fissures in her family, the loss of friends, the hopeful anguish of love and other normal disasters of everyday life." - Novelist
An engaging and powerful portrayal of a unique dystopian not-too-distant future. Twelve year old Julie wakes one Saturday morning to find that something has happened to the Earth's rotation: it has begun to slow.
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Spare, unselfconscious, this debut novel is as startling in its premise as it is in its sense of "rightness." It is a small gem.
Julia, the narrator and main character, is an eleven-year Southern California only child whose mother, a part-time acting teacher, and father, an ob-gyn, respond to the world in markedly different ways, leaving Julia to occupy the middle ground linking them together. Her observing voice recalls, from a distance, the long-ago time when a day lasted 24 hours, divided predictably between darkness and light. But on the cusp of adolescence, Julia's ordinary concerns (flat-chestedness, popularity, soccer) are eclipsed by an epochal shift, soon named The Slowing: days are gradually lengthening, rendering "clock time" meaningless.
Julia's telling of this catastrophic change never strays into the histrionic. The result is completely, disturbingly believable novel that will resonate with YA and adult audiences alike.
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