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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

 ★★★★★

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

“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.”

Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old 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.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

My take:

What a great, unique book. The main character said it best: “As I write this account, one ordinary life…” The story was underlined not by a dramatic story of the characters in it, but rather by the Earth that had turned in to the ultimate enemy. Far from a light, summer read, I still could’t out it down. The dichotomy between such a high-level topic like the slowing of the rotation of the Earth paired with the storytelling of an 11-year-old girl made this story particularly interesting.

Currently Reading 

The Shoemaker’s Wife by AdrianaTrigiani

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg

To Read
About a Boy by Nick Hornby

 * This is a continuation of a series. To see the first books, please see this page.

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