With 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. "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 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.
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: "[A] gripping debut....Thompson's Julia is the perfect narrator...While the apocalypse looms large-has in fact already arrived-the narrative remains fiercely grounded in the surreal and horrifying day-to-day and the personal decisions that persist even though no one knows what to do. A triumph of vision, language, and terrifying momentum, the story also feels eerily plausible, as if the problems we've been worrying about all along pale in comparison to what might actually bring our end."( Publishers Weekly)
Von Nina Ritter Am hilfreichsten 11.08.2017
A great idea wasted to empty prose
Among the exzessive descriptions of daily life in these changed times the story of a shy girls family and her first love are stretched too thin. The predominant atmosphere is a morbid lethargy although in extreme times heightened emotions would have been easy to come by. I wouldn't recommend this book as it has stayed far below my expectations...
Von Simsalabim Sabrina Am hilfreichsten 23.04.2013
Eine sehr spannende, beklemmende Geschichte, ich konnte nicht aufhören ! Das Englisch ist sehr gut zu verstehen, ich war positiv überrascht. Ich suche gerade mehr in dieser Richtung und hoffe ich habe Erfolg damit - Daumen hoch!