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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
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The Age of Miracles
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3.9 / 5
March 13th, 2014
No plot, no climax, no resolution
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January 23rd, 2014
The perfect holiday read. Tragic and touching, the power of this book lies in the telling of a story of science and disaster from the eyes of an every day teenage girl. The narrative is thus two-fold, as global events unravel, our protagonist is making the already difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. Her innocent and appealing voice prevents the novel from becoming entirely gloomy, as it tackles the subjects of love and loss, family and fate.
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November 9th, 2013
Picked this up completely at random and was pleasantly surprised. Partly the coming-of-age story of a sixth grade girl from California, partly the end of the world; the balance definitely tipped toward the former. Even though I was never a twelve year old girl, Julie's story rang true for me. As a fan of hard sci-fi I would have liked a bit more; maybe as a parallel storyline in addition to the dramatic stuff (not instead of.)
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October 19th, 2013
Fast read. Beautifully written. Its hard to write about this book without spoiling it. Its a completely different take on the end of humankind and a tale of what it is to come of age in confusing times. I think that reading this story gives you a glimpse into what living in this time would be like.
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