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"The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker

This book finished second two months in a row in our polling so we thought we'd go ahead and schedule it.  Here what NPR said about the book:

The Age of Miracles is literary fiction, but it spins out the same kind of "what if?" disaster plot that distinguishes many a classic sci-fi movie. Too bad the title The Day the Earth Stood Still was already taken, because it really would have been the perfect title for Thompson's novel.

Our main character here is named Julia and, though she's now in her 20s, most of her narration is retrospective, taking us back to her 11-year-old self — the year everyday life fell apart. At first, Julia tells us, nobody noticed "the extra time, bulging from the smooth edge of each day like a tumor blooming beneath skin." That so-called extra time is caused by the fact that the Earth's rotation is growing more and more sluggish. When scientific experts finally do go public to acknowledge the mysterious change, they call it "the slowing." Daytime stretches first by minutes, then hours, and, then, days; so, too, does nighttime. After "the slowing" is officially acknowledged, there's an immediate run on canned food and water, and people begin building underground survival shelters. Birds fall from the sky, and whales wash up on beaches — their navigation systems all messed up by the changes in gravity and temperature. Apocalyptic cults flourish, and a rift widens between those folks called "real timers," who stubbornly decide to live by the extended rhythms of sunrise and sunset, and the majority of Americans, who obey the president's orders to carry on in semi-denial and stick to the 24-hour clock. As Julia recalls, "We would fall out of sync with the sun almost immediately. Light would be unhooked from day, darkness unchained from night."

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/02/155098886/the-age-of-miracles-considers-earths-fragility

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  • Catherine

    I won't be able to make it after all. I was in a car accident yesterday and don't get a replacement rental until tomorrow. Sorry!

    But I read the book and really enjoyed it. Fascinating topic!

    October 6, 2013

    • Catherine

      I'm a little banged up but fortunately nothing broken! Very grateful for that seat belt. :)

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • Meghan

      Glad to hear it! Take care of yourself and yay for seatbelts!

      October 6, 2013

  • Rashay L.

    Well i am here lol anyone here

    October 6, 2013

  • David S.

    We're dog sitting in the Houston area. Although I've read the book and really would like to hear the comments of our members, I can not make it back in time. Darn. Have a great meeting.

    David

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    HI, won't be able to read that fast to attend this Sat. Do you know what the next book for discussion is yet?

    October 1, 2013

    • Meghan

      It's probably going to be something Halloween themed, Interview with a Vampire, Frankenstein, Dracula, or something like that. I'll mention it at the meeting tomorrow and should have something up by tomorrow evening.

      October 5, 2013

    • Kevin C. D.

      I enjoyed Guillermo del Toro "The Strain". Haven't read Interview for years but I enjoyed it at the time. I've been meaning to read "City Under The Moon" by Hugh Sterbakov (a friend of a friend) but it probably not in the library (cheap on Kindle, etc. though). Enjoying the new Stephen King so far.

      October 5, 2013

  • Chelsea P.

    I am sad to be out of town this Saturday but will follow the meetup to find out the next book and meeting! I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this particular meet up, but am interested in being part of the group. What is the next book for discussion?

    September 30, 2013

    • Kevin C. D.

      Jon or Meghan generally post the next book after the meeting, as there is often some discussion at the meeting about what the next book will be. As of right now, there is only a single meetup scheduled, if you just follow the meetup, you'll be notified when the next book is announced.

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really sad to miss this but I've had something come up. I'm excited to meet everyone next time!

    September 30, 2013

  • linda f.

    First time attendance.

    September 15, 2013

  • linda f.

    First time attendance.

    September 15, 2013

  • April G.

    This will be my first time to attend - and it looks like you've chosen a great book! I'm excited to get started reading!

    September 2, 2013

  • Kristi F.

    This would be my first time to attend. Do we need to read the book ahead of time...sorry probably a stupid questions?

    September 2, 2013

    • Kevin C. D.

      Yes. Read the book beforehand. We discuss it at the meeting.

      September 2, 2013

    • Meghan

      Yes, the book will be discussed so you should read it ahead of time. If you don't finish you're still welcome to come though, just know the whole book will be discussed so there may be spoilers.

      September 2, 2013

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