The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles


By (author) Karen Thompson Walker

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  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 28mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 26 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0812992970
  • ISBN 13: 9780812992977
  • Sales rank: 431,417

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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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Author information

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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Praise for "The Age of Miracles" "[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 of this summer's hot literary reads."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times " "THE NEXT BIG FEMALE NOVELIST." --Rolling Stone "THE SUMMER BOOK." --Vanity "[AN] EARTHSHAKING DEBUT." -Entertainment Weekly "Part speculative fiction, part coming-of-age story..."The Age of Miracles" could turn Walker into American literature's next big thing."--NPR "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."--"The New Yorker" "[Walker] matches the fierce creativity of her imagination with a lyrical and portentous understanding of the present."--"People "(4 stars) "This haunting and soul-stirring novel about the apocalypse is transformative and unforgettable."--"Marie Claire" "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.""--O, The Oprah Magazine ""Haunting."--"Real Simple " "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." "-The San F