Teaser Tuesdays – The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Posted May 28, 2013 by Melissa in Teaser Tuesdays | 14 Comments

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Book

Title: The Age of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Pages: 294

Age Group: Young Adult / Adult

Genre:  Apocalyptic, Coming of Age

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-0812983609
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio & E-Book

Add the book: Goodreads  
Buy the book:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD

Synopsis:

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 Teaser

“Later, I would come to think of those first days as the time when we learned as a species that we had worried over the wrong things:  the hole in the ozone layer, the melting of the ice caps, West Nile and swine flu and killer bees. But I guess it never is what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophies are always different-unimagined, unprepared for, unknown.” 


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14 responses to “Teaser Tuesdays – The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

  1. So far that’s how this book is…kind of slowly building and quietly chilling as it goes…perfectly in keeping with a world undergoing “a slowing”….

  2. Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)

    This book ALWAYS catches my eye at Chapters! It has very pretty color sand really needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate it. I’ve been curious about it, but I think that teaser sold me on adding it to my TBR pile — excellent prose!

    I’ve always been confused if it is young adult or adult? It’s shelved in Adult at Chapters but on Goodreads it also says Young Adult??

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