Discussion of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

  • February 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM

“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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  • Jolene

    Thank you everyone for being so welcoming and I loved to hear all of your POVs about the book. Great pick as well!

    February 13, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    I had a great time. Look forward to next month!

    February 12, 2013

  • Alyson

    Thank you everyone for coming. It was great to see everyone!

    February 12, 2013

  • SUSAN B.

    Really good

    February 12, 2013

  • SUSAN B.

    Finished reading Age of Miracles. I can't wait to discuss it.

    January 25, 2013

  • Alyson

    Check out Karen Thompson Walker's TED video "What fear can teach us." http://tinyurl.com/afrzwuf­

    2 · January 18, 2013

  • Alyson

    "The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds the house, but the reader makes it a home." - J. Picoult

    So far I'm liking the house that Karen Thompson Walker built!

    January 17, 2013

  • Terry M.

    hey Alyson I am going to for sure read the book & will try very hard to come Feb. 11 but my life seems to revolve what I feel like eash day. Thanks for understanding. Terry

    January 15, 2013

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