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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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“A stunner.”—Justin Cronin
 
“It’s never the disasters you see coming that finally come to pass—it’s the ones you don’t expect at all,” says Julia, in this spellbinding novel of catastrophe and survival by a superb new writer. Luminous, suspenseful, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles tells the haunting and beautiful story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in a time of extraordinary change.
 
On an ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer; gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world that seems filled with danger and loss, Julia also must face surprising developments in herself, and in her personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by her friends, the pain and vulnerability of first love, a growing sense of isolation, and a surprising, rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking portrait of people finding ways to go on in an ever-evolving world.
 
“Gripping drama . . . flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.”—The Denver Post
 
“Pure magnificence.”—Nathan Englander
 
“Provides solace with its wisdom, compassion, and elegance.”—Curtis Sittenfeld
 
“Riveting, heartbreaking, profoundly moving.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jun 26, 2012
ISBN: 9780679644385
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This is one story that I didn't want to end. The premise is that one day the slowing starts, which means that the 24 hour day keeps getting longer and longer. Daylight and darkness don't coincide in regular time. People start dividing into clock-time and real-time followers. But throughout it all a sweet, yet sad, story is told by a young woman looking back to when it all began.read more
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This novel amazed my heart and my soul. I was astounded by the transition each character went through during this earth shattering experience. For any reader who seeks to look deep inside the human soul, I would highly recommend this book.read more
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Dystopian society and the woes of being a tween. My heart ached at times for Julia, the protagonist. Loved this bittersweet book.read more
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This is one story that I didn't want to end. The premise is that one day the slowing starts, which means that the 24 hour day keeps getting longer and longer. Daylight and darkness don't coincide in regular time. People start dividing into clock-time and real-time followers. But throughout it all a sweet, yet sad, story is told by a young woman looking back to when it all began.
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This novel amazed my heart and my soul. I was astounded by the transition each character went through during this earth shattering experience. For any reader who seeks to look deep inside the human soul, I would highly recommend this book.
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Dystopian society and the woes of being a tween. My heart ached at times for Julia, the protagonist. Loved this bittersweet book.
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I'm having a hard time reviewing this novel. At some points in the book I was eagerly lapping the pages up ...other times...not so much. It was one of those books that I found myself speeding through parts to get to the parts that kept me riveted and wanting more. In the end though, I just couldn't rate it a 5 star as there were to many times I set it aside. Wonderful book but only at scattered times the rest of the time...a yawner.
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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker is one of the rare debut novels that leads people to dream of becoming writers. Karen Thompson Walker's story has all the elements of a writer's dream come true from a bidding war between publishers, an advance in the millions of dollars (or pounds) to glowing advance reviews. In fact, the Guardian mentions these successes as an introduction to its review of The Age of Miracles. (You can read the Guardian's review here.) The book comes out on June 26 and tt's already on Amazon's list of books for June 2012. I'd like to add my voice to those praising The Age of Miracles because of Walker's main character, eleven-year-old Julia. Julia opens up to us about the details of her life: friendships, crushes, uncertainties. While these basic topics could easily seem trivial, Julia's voice and innocence draw us in. We sympathize with Julia as she faces the loss of her best friend Hanna, as her world slowly comes apart both physically and socially. One of the saddest scenes is when Julia realizes that the slowing has affected schoolyard dynamics: What I understod so far about this life was that there were the bullies and the bullied, the hunters and the hunted, the strong and the stronger and the weak, and so far I'd never fallen into any group--I was one of the rest, a quiet girl with an average face, one in the harmless and unharmed crowd. But it seemed all at once that this balance had shifted. With so many kids missing from the bus stop, all the hierarchies were changing. A mean thought passed through my mind: I didn't belong in this position; it should have been one of the uglier girls, Diane or Teresa or Jill. Or Rachel. Where was Rachel? She was the nerdiest among us. But she'd been kept home by her mother to prepare and to pray -- they were Jehovah's Witnesses, convinced that this was the end of days. The siding away of safety when Julia realizes that she's no longer in the "middle" comes around the time that Julia notices that her parents' marriage, her father's failures, her mother's sickness, her friend's mother's slow decline, the disappearance of people, increasing alienation and demonization of those who opted for "real time" instead of the government recommended 24 hour days. Beautifully written with sensitivity and clear vision, The Age of Miracles is nuanced and deeply engrossing. It's a story of a strange world with the Earth slowing down, and our environment causing deadly and irreversible changes and a story of young love in the middle of uncertainty.ISBN-10: 0812992970 $26.00Publisher: Random House (June 26, 2012), 288 pages.Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Vine Program.
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The world starts turning more slowly on it's axis and more slowly orbiting the sun. What ensues is told through the experience of a 12 year old girl. People get sick; first from something to do with changes in gravity and then from radiation from exposure to the sun. Birds die, insects become plentiful, crops die, people go nuts. Some stick with "clock time" others follow the sun and much tension exists between the two groups. Julia, our narrator experiences all the things a modern preteen does, crushes, first bra, parents fighting, an aging grandfather.
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