Indie Next ListJuly 2012
The end of the world does not come with a bang but with a whisper in Walker's wonderful debut novel. Earth's rotation is slowing, the days are becoming longer, gravity mutates, radiation spikes, but still, life must go on. The narrator is 12-year-old Julia, and she chronicles everything she sees happening in the world around her, from shock and panic to people desperate to maintain normal routines. This is not a flashy, bombastic, apocalyptic novel, but rather the story of how a family manages through unimaginable circumstances. -- Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
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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 and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.
"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
""""Maybe everything that happened to me and to 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.""
Spellbinding, haunting, "The Age of Miracles" is a beautiful novel of catastrophe and survival, growth and change, the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an extraordinary time. On an ordinary Saturday, 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 of danger and loss, Julia faces surprising developments in herself, and her personal world--divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by Hannah and other friends, the vulnerability of first love, a sense of isolation, and a rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking story of people finding ways to go on, in an ever-evolving world.
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
Don't miss the exclusive conversation between Karen Thompson Walker and Karen Russell at the back of the book.