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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Bond Street Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-67663-2
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Description: 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 lifethe 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

The Good Stuff
  • My god her writing is truly beautiful I feel inadequate even in trying to write this review
  • Unique story
  • Characters oh so very real, these are the kind of people you interact with everyday
  • Author has a true talent for making you feel you are part of the story. You can almost feel the landscape and when you stop reading you actually feel disjointed with reality (yes at times that is not a good thing as it is quite dark and sad)
  • This would be a fabulous book for class discussions, book clubs and twitter chats - so many things you could discuss
  • I finished it a couple of hours ago and it is still haunting me
  • Powerful and intense
  • Found myself reading passages over and over as I was mesmorized by the prose
  • Story really compares growing up and the end of the world (really at that age didn't it feel like the end of the world at times)
  • Really understands preteen feelings and experiences (especially those who haven't found their place)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Not really a feel good story and quite depressing at times - felt a little down while reading
  • Very slow (not really a bad thing but just want to warn you) & I won't lie would have liked a little more story and explanations less internal monologue (sorry personal preference)
  • The science of it all bothered me at times, tried to get over (protagonist is young, so could be believable) it but it still bugged me (don't let that stop you from reading because goddamn this women  can write)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"What I understood so far about this life was that there were the bullies and the bullied, the hunters and the hunted, the strong and the stronger and the weak, and so far I'd never fallen into any group - I was one of the rest, a quiet girl with an average face, one in the harmless and unharmed crowd. But it seemed all at once that this balance had shifted. With so many kids missing from the bus stop, all the hierarchies were changing."

"We took more risks. Desires were less checked. Tempation was harder to resist. Some of us made decisions we might not otherwise have made."

"But I guess it never is what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always different - unimagined, unprepared for, unknown."

"We dipped our fingers in the wet cement, and we wrote the truest, simplest things we knew - our names, the date and these words: We were here."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Not for those who need fast paced action
  • I truly think fans of Margaret Atwood will be impressed
  • Perfect for book clubs and class discussions
4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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