The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
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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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Nice summer read
Pre-ordered and started reading at one minute after midnight the night it came out. It is an original. Has sifi backdrop but really about young person growing up in a time of uncertainty and experiencing all the confusing feelings of adolescence. It moves at a nice pace, lots of character development. It was a book I wanted to read every chance I had, real page turner. Nice summer beach book for teens and adults.
Sad sad sad
With constant ominous foreshadowing, there is not a single ray of hope in this futuristic tragedy. With so much darkness in the world today, do we really need books like this. Even though the two youthful main characters are optimistic about their uncertain future, the story is unforgiving. There is no climax, just the steady beat of life that will only worsen with each increasingly long day.
Can't think of one redeeming quality within its pages. The book's description does not accurately prepare the reader for what lies within its cover. Pass this one by and choose instead to read something less terminally sad.
Some say the world will end in fire, some say ice. The author of this moving book wrings the end of days from a simple development, never explained, that the rotation of the days slows, lengthening the days--and nights--into the unendurable. The science takes a back seat to a finely wrought love story and family saga of survival.