Wednesday, February 24, 2016
13. The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
2012 Random House
Fantasy/Dystopia Adult (coming-of-age, YA)
Goodreads rating: 3.63
My rating: 2
Setting: Contemporary/futuristic San Diego, CA
First line/s: "We didn't notice it right away. We couldn't feel it. We did not sense at first the extra time, bulging from the smooth edge of each day like a tumor blooming beneath skin."
My comments: Wow. This was tough to rate - the writing was wonderful, but the story was so terribly depressing that I dreaded listening to the story. I have no idea where the title came from, and the ending (which was quite unsatisfying) just happened. The words, though, were beautifully crafted!
Goodreads synopsis: “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.