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Book Discussion - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

  • Jan 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Because the holidays can get crazy, we're having our December book discussion on the first Thursday in January. Join us at Chaibo for some post-holiday fun! Get cozy with a mocha latte and some cake (or tea if you've started your resolutions!) as we talk about The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

Below is a description of the book 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great atmosphere - fantastic conversation - I'll be there for the next one!

    2 · January 7, 2013

  • Heather M

    Thanks for coming everyone! Awesome book and discussion!

    January 5, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Thanks for organizing, Heather. Looking forward to February's book!

      1 · January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry never got home fr. work in time to come

    January 3, 2013

  • Lori-Ann

    I loved the book and was going to come tonight but I was out most of today, just came home an hour ago for dinner and I am too cold to go back out! Next time I hope...

    January 3, 2013

    • Paysha

      We will miss you Lori! Stay warm :)

      January 3, 2013

    • Lori-Ann

      Thanks Paysha!

      January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to tomorrow night and proud to share that I am 1/2 through Forever Amber. The old movie is very faithful to this long and great novel if anyone wants to think about a home movie get together.

    January 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a really good book I am gong to try and get today, a lot has been going on so I have not done much reading. I know I have not attended any meetings yet, it is new for me to go out and get together with people I do not know. Looking forward to reading the book.

    November 2, 2012

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