Saturday, October 6, 2012

On My Wishlist: The Age of Miracles



On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah of Workaday Reads. My wishlist is growing again so it's time to start sharing more great finds I can't wait to get my hands on!

Today's wishlist pick is:

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Published by Random House, 2012

 “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.

I've heard so many good things about this one from my Goodreads friends, I just had to add it. 

Find it on Goodreads.

2 comments:

  1. This book looks so good. I have been meaning to read it for a while, and I even have a copy, I just haven't gotten to it yet. I'd be happy to lend it to you.

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