The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "People ∙ O: The Oprah Magazine ∙ Financial Times ∙ Kansas City Star ∙ BookPage ∙ Kirkus Reviews ∙ Publishers Weekly ∙ Booklist" 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. "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER ""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. 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

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • 0812992970
  • 9780812992977
  • 463,558

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Advance praise for "The Age of Miracles ""[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."--"Publishers Weekly" (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."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "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 convincingly unsettling that it just might make you stockpile emergency supplies of batteries and bottled water. It also--thank goodness--provides great solace with its wisdom, its compassion, and the elegance of its storytelling."--Curtis Sittenfeld, author of "Prep" "'Miracles' indeed. Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is a stunner from the first page--an end-of-the-world, coming-of-age tale of quiet majesty. I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next."--Justin Cronin, author of "The Passage" "Is the end near? In Karen Thomps

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About Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker is the author of" The Age of Miracles," which was a "New York Times" bestseller. She was born and raised in San Diego and is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. A former editor at Simon & Schuster, she wrote "The Age of Miracles" in the mornings before work--sometimes while riding the subway. She currently lives in Iowa with her husband.

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