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Karen Thompson Walker - Author

About the Author

Karen Thompson Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. A former book editor, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. Born and raised in San Diego, California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

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The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

'It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophies are always different - unimagined, unprepared for, unknown...' One morning, Julia and her parents wake up in their suburban home in California to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing. The enormity of this is almost beyond comprehension. And yet, even if the world is, in fact, coming to an end, as some assert, day-to-day life must go on. Julia, facing the loneliness and despair of an awkward adolescence, witnesses the impact of this phenomenon on the world, on the community, on her family and on herself.

The Dreamers

The Dreamers

Author: Karen Thompson Walker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2019

`Harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written... this book is stunning' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven ~*~The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles~*~ Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, for months... Karen Thompson Walker's second novel tells the mesmerising story of a town transformed by a mystery illness that locks people in perpetual sleep and triggers extraordinary, life-altering dreams. One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her room and falls asleep. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life if only we are awakened to them. `This beautiful and devastating novel has a dream-like quality of its own' Red `Lyrical and beguiling... a deeply immersive novel about a community in peril... and the choices we make when our lives, and those of our loved ones, are in danger' The Observer `A modern Midsummer Night's Dream... Walker paints a haunting canvas exploring time, memory, consciousness, and youth' Marisha Pessl, author of Night Film `Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny... a love story and also a horror story' Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove `This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one... she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of beauty' Robin Black, author of Life Drawing `Lovely, lyrical and scary... a mesmerising read' Psychologies magazine `A thought-provoking and profound story' Cosmopolitan `A slow-building, philosophical and unique novel... at once a thought-provoking character study and a subtle science fiction tale' Culturefly Praise for The Age of Miracles: `A beautifully observed coming-of-age tale... nimble, delicate and emotionally sophisticated' Observer `Hauntingly believable... an impressive and quietly terrifying book' Sunday Times 'A stunner from the first page... I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next' Justin Cronin 'What a remarkable, beautifully wrought novel' Curtis Sittenfeld

The Dreamers

The Dreamers

Author: Karen Thompson Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2019

`Harrowing, riveting, profoundly moving, and beautifully written... this book is stunning' Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven ~*~The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of The Age of Miracles~*~ Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, for months... Karen Thompson Walker's second novel tells the mesmerising story of a town transformed by a mystery illness that locks people in perpetual sleep and triggers extraordinary, life-altering dreams. One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her room and falls asleep. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life if only we are awakened to them. `This beautiful and devastating novel has a dream-like quality of its own' Red `Lyrical and beguiling... a deeply immersive novel about a community in peril... and the choices we make when our lives, and those of our loved ones, are in danger' The Observer `A modern Midsummer Night's Dream... Walker paints a haunting canvas exploring time, memory, consciousness, and youth' Marisha Pessl, author of Night Film `Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny... a love story and also a horror story' Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove `This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one... she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of beauty' Robin Black, author of Life Drawing `Lovely, lyrical and scary... a mesmerising read' Psychologies magazine `A thought-provoking and profound story' Cosmopolitan `A slow-building, philosophical and unique novel... at once a thought-provoking character study and a subtle science fiction tale' Culturefly Praise for The Age of Miracles: `A beautifully observed coming-of-age tale... nimble, delicate and emotionally sophisticated' Observer `Hauntingly believable... an impressive and quietly terrifying book' Sunday Times 'A stunner from the first page... I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next' Justin Cronin 'What a remarkable, beautifully wrought novel' Curtis Sittenfeld

Age of Miracles

Age of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYPeople O: The Oprah Magazine Financial Times Kansas City Star BookPage Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly BooklistWith a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER';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.'On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 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 lifethe 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.Praise for The Age of Miracles ';A stunner.'Justin Cronin ';A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, with impressive fluency and flair.'Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ';Gripping drama . . . flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan's Emerald City.'The Denver Post ';If you begin this book, you'll be loath to set it down until you've reached its end.'San Francisco Chronicle ';Provides solace with its wisdom, compassion, and elegance.'Curtis SittenfeldFrom the Hardcover edition.

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