The Age of Miracles: A Novel

By Karen Thompson Walker

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With a voice as distinct and unique as that of The wonderful Bones, and for the lovers of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous and unforgettable debut novel approximately coming of age set opposed to the backdrop of an totally altered world.
 
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Maybe every thing that occurred to me and to my kinfolk had not anything in any respect to do with the slowing. it is attainable, i assume. yet I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”
 
Spellbinding, haunting, The Age of Miracles is a gorgeous novel of disaster and survival, progress and alter, the tale of Julia and her family members as they try to dwell in a unprecedented time. On a typical Saturday, Julia awakes to find that anything has occurred to the rotation of the earth. the times and nights are becoming longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human habit and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In an international of risk and loss, Julia faces brilliant advancements in herself, and her own world—divisions widening among her mom and dad, unusual habit via Hannah and different acquaintances, the vulnerability of past love, a feeling of isolation, and a rebellious new energy. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker offers us a panoramic tale of individuals discovering how you can move on, in an ever-evolving world.
 
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“A stunner.”—Justin Cronin
 
“A certainly relocating story that combines the genuine and surreal, the standard and the intense, with remarkable fluency and flair.”—Michiko Kakutani, The ny Times
 
“Gripping drama . . . perfectly written; it can be the main guaranteed debut by way of an American author given that Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.”—The Denver Post
 
“If you start this publication, you’ll be loath to set it down until eventually you’ve reached its end.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Provides solace with its knowledge, compassion, and elegance.”—Curtis Sittenfeld
 
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Jensen hurrying in the course of the crowd. while he reached us, we ultimately heard what he’d been shouting. “Listen to me,” he acknowledged. “This is simply an eclipse. It’s risk free. It’s simply the moon’s shadow passing in entrance of the solar. ” As we might study within the coming hours, Mr. Jensen was once correct: a complete sunlight eclipse were expected for the center of the Pacific Ocean. It used to be to be obvious merely from the decks of passing ships and from a handful of thinly populated islands. however the slowing had shifted the coordinates of all expected eclipses—they used to have all of them found out, each destiny eclipse charted to the minute and the last decade.

The solar had but to upward thrust. My father spent decades that evening examining the final eucalyptus in our personal backyard. 1/2 it produced leaves, however the different part used to be useless, and the loss of life looked to be spreading. He known as a tree elimination carrier ahead of we left for my birthday dinner. My mom got here domestic with a gift for me: a couple of gold ballet residences with a crinkled end. the opposite ladies in school were donning them for months. I slipped them on. They squeaked at the tile. My father gave me a publication. “This was once my favourite e-book whilst i used to be approximately your age,” he stated.

The lighting fixtures have been switching off. It used to be 5 within the morning on a dismal evening. “The tree used to be sick,” acknowledged my father. “No,” acknowledged Sylvia. She shook her head. She had the thinnest, such a lot swanlike neck. The knobs of her backbone surfaced as she became her neck. “Someone did this. ” Sylvia was once the final real-timer left on our road. The Kaplans have been long past. Tom and Carlotta have been long gone; a tender kin had moved into their condominium and began home improvement. “I’m telling you, Joel,” stated Sylvia. the way in which she stated my father’s identify was once no longer the way in which one neighbor speaks one other neighbor’s identify.

The times stretched. one after the other, the mins poured in—and even a trickle, as we've come to appreciate, can ultimately upload as much as a flood. 22 yet no strength in the world may perhaps gradual the ahead march of 6th grade. And so, finally, that yr used to be additionally the 12 months of the dance social gathering. each time the birthday of 1 of my classmates rolled round, invites have been mailed to a decide on checklist of boys in addition to women. long past have been the times of single-sex events. Now D. J. s have been employed and dance flooring rented.

You and your mother fear an excessive amount of because it is,” he acknowledged. “I advised you that not anything may take place in a single day, and spot? not anything did. ” We took the bag to the rubbish cans at the different facet of the home. The bird’s darkish silhouette confirmed throughout the white plastic as we walked, the physique folding in on itself because the bag swung in time to my father’s quickly paces. He pulled the hose out to the deck and washed away the ants and the blood, yet a place of grease may stay at the window for weeks, like skid marks after a motor vehicle coincidence.

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