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The Age of Miracles

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The Age of Miracles

A Novel
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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,...
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,...
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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.

    "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.


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  • KAREN THOMPSON WALKER holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and is an editor of fiction and non-fiction at Simon & Schuster. The Age of Miracles is her first book.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Is Emily Janice Card's slow, measured narration a deliberate reflection of the slowing of the Earth's rotation that forms the backdrop of this novel? Card speaks even more slowly when she's portraying Real Timers, people who are trying to let their bodies' circadian rhythms adjust to the new longer days and nights, and it's incredibly effective. The story unfurls like one endless summer day as protagonist Julia enters her own age of miracles, balancing on the cusp of young adulthood and watching her family's ordinary dramas unfolding in extraordinary times. Card's mild, young voice suits Julia, and it softens some of the horrors she and everyone else on the planet experience--mysteriously dying birds and whales, the sun's radiation let loose, a wholly uncertain future. J.M.D. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
  • Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "[A] moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary with impressive fluency and flair ... Ms. Walker has an instinctive feel for narrative architecture, creating a story, in lapidary prose, that moves ahead with a sense of both the inevitable and the unexpected ... Ms. Walker maps [her characters'] inner lives with such sure-footedness that they become as recognizable to us as people we've grown up with or watched for years on television... [A] precocious debut...one of this summer's hot literary reads."
  • Rolling Stone "THE NEXT BIG FEMALE NOVELIST."
  • Vanity Fair.com "THE SUMMER BOOK."
  • Entertainment Weekly "[AN] EARTHSHAKING DEBUT."
  • The New Yorker "A tender coming-of-age novel."--Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

    "Walker creates lovely, low-key scenes to dramatize her premise...The spirit of Ray Bradbury hovers in the mixture of the portentous and quotidian."
  • People (4 stars) "[Walker] matches the fierce creativity of her imagination with a lyrical and portentous understanding of the present."
  • Marie Claire "This haunting and soul-stirring novel about the apocalypse is transformative and unforgettable."
  • O, The Oprah Magazine "Quietly explosive ... Walker describes global shifts with a sense of utter realism, but she treats Julia's personal adolescent upheaval with equal care, delicacy, and poignancy."
  • Real Simple "Haunting."
  • The San Francisco Chronicle "If you begin this book, you'll be loath to set it down until you've reached its end... The Age of Miracles reminds us that we never know when everything will change, when a single event will split our understanding of personal history and all history into a Before and an After."
  • Denver Post "The perfect combination of the intimate and the pandemic...Flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan's 'Emerald City.'"
  • The Columbus Dispatch "Touching, observant and poetic."
  • Kansas City Star "Simply told, skillfully crafted and filled with metaphorical unities, this resonant first novel [rings] with difficult truths both large and small."
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Age of Miracles lingers, like a faded photo of a happy time. It is stunning."
  • Minnesota Herald Tribune "Both utterly realistic and fantastically dystopian...The big miracles, Walker seems to be saying, may doom the world at large, but the little ones keep life worth living."
  • Newsday "
    "[An] elegiac, moving first novel."
  • Austin Chronicle "Arresting... This book cuts bone-deep."
  • Huntington News "Evocative and poetic...I loved this book from the first page."
  • Time Out New York "Walker's tone can be properly [Harper] Lee-esque; both Julia and Scout grapple with the standard childhood difficulties as their societies crumble around them. But life prevails, and the stunning Miracles subtly conveys that adapting."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[A] gripping debut . . . Thompson's Julia is the perfect narrator. . . . While the apocalypse looms large--has in fact already arrived--the narrative remains fiercely grounded in the surreal and horrifying day-to-day and the personal decisions that persist even though no one knows what to do. A triumph of vision, language, and terrifying momentum, the story also feels eerily plausible, as if the problems we've been worrying about all along pale in comparison to what might actually bring our end."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "In Walker's stunning debut, a young California girl coming of age in a dystopian near future confronts the inevitability of change on the most personal level as life on earth withers ... She goes through the trials and joys of first love. She begins to see cracks in her parents' marriage and must navigate the currents of loyalty and moral uncertainty. She faces sickness and death of loved ones. ... Julia's life is shaped by what happens in the larger world, but it is the only life she knows, and Walker captures each moment, intimate and universal, with magical precision. Riveting, heartbreaking, profoundly moving."
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep "What a remarkable and beautifully wrought novel. In its depiction of a world at once utterly like and unlike our own, The Age of Miracles is so co
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