Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

The Age of Miracles

by Karen Thompson Walker

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Age of Miracles

July 2012 Debut of the Month.

This stunning debut has a fascinating premise that 'The earth is slowing down' and it provides a unique framework for this memorable, haunting and bittersweet coming of age novel.  It is seen through the eyes and experiences of Julia, an 11 year old girl whose turbulent life, seems to mirror the changes in the world outside. Reminiscent in part to The Time Traveller’s Wife this science fiction like idea doesn't get in the way, and shouldn't put you off for reading this book is a pretty special experience.

The Age of Miracles Synopsis

What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on an eleven-year-old girl, grappling with emotional changes in her own life..? 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 Age of Miracles Press Reviews

"'Miracles' indeed. Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is a stunner from the first
page—an end-of-the-world, coming-of-age tale of quiet majesty. I loved this novel
and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next."
Justin Cronin, author of The Passage

“A luminous, magical coming-of-age novel, set in a world where time becomes meaningless and the ordinary extraordinary.” Eithne Farry, Marie Claire


“Stunning in its originality, devastating in execution. The Age of Miracles is one of the most exciting debuts I've read” Jo Ellison, Vogue


“A curious tale that‟s gripping from the word go.” Beatrice Hodgkin, Easy Living


“Blending global catastrophe with a touching coming of age story, Karen Thompson Walker has created a truly remarkable novel you won‟t be able to stop thinking about.”
Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping


“A powerful, unsettling but mesmerising read.” Fanny Blake, Woman & Home


"I asked my editor if I could give this books 6 stars out of 5. My favourite book of the year so far." Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express


"Vividly captures the changing world of a 10 year old girl, which is brilliantly mirrored by the apocalyptic changes in our world. An imaginative, haunting and gripping book by a very exciting debut author." Shahesta Shaitly, The Observer

If you loved this, you might like these...

Rooms
California
Rooms
Panic

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781471124853
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857207258
Publication date: 09/05/2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857207234
Publication date: 21/06/2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857207234
Publication date: 21st June 2012
Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories:

About Karen Thompson Walker

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.

More About Karen Thompson Walker

More Books By Karen Thompson Walker

Cover for The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Cover for The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
View All Books By Karen Thompson Walker

Share this book