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The age of miracles: a novel - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker



“At once a love letter to the world as we know it and an elegy.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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

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.

The slowing — that's what everyone calls the change that began in October. The Earth's rotation slowed, and the 24-hour clock became irrelevant. Days and nights grew progressively longer. Gravity was affected, so things in motion were less in motion: Birds dropped out of the sky; soccer balls were harder to kick and footballs became harder to throw. With so many hours of sunlight, trees and other vegetation withered and died. Some people suffered from gravity sickness . Eventually it was called the syndrome with symptoms of dizziness, faintness and unexplained pains.

The reader experiences the onset of this noiseless catastrophe through the eyes of Julia. She is 11 years old — a quiet, sensitive, only child living with her parents, Joel and Helen, in coastal California. Julia is a careful observer of changes taking place and of how the slowing impacts relationships. Her parents aren't getting along, and her best friend moves away and then returns, but no longer wants to be friends. Julia's family tries to adapt to the many changes and conform to the 24-hour clock that the government mandates to help people adjust to the slowing.

Julia admires Seth Moreno from a distance. They have the same piano teacher and the same bus stop. She notices and likes everything about him, even the way he sneezes. One day when another boy bullies her, Seth tries to come to her defense. Over time, Seth and Julia become friends; but Seth is moody, in part because his mother is dying from cancer. He is inconsistent in how he interacts with Julia, and she is never sure where she stands.

“At once a love letter to the world as we know it and an elegy.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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

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.


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