The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A good friend of mine loaned me this book, saying she'd bawled shamelessly while she read it, waiting for her car to be serviced. Normally the tear-factor is not the biggest draw for me, but what my friend said next convinced me to read the book: the story was about the slowing, a strange phenomenon where the Earth slows down, inexorably, altering time and life forever.
Well, that was such an interesting premise that I had to have a look at The Age of Miracles, and I ended up reading it in one go. The novel is about the slowing of the earth, but through the eyes of a young girl, eleven going on twelve. Her coming of age story weaves intricately with the changes to the Earth, and illustrates one idea more clearly than any other story I've read: life goes on.
No matter what challenges we face, no matter what impossibilities become truths, a girl is still a girl, struggling to grow up and make connections and know these truths for what they are. In this story, Ms. Thompson Walker takes a simple concept and shows us its reality in real time, with all of the things we would know and do and say. Her writing makes the journey rich, the characters undeniably real, and the story compelling to the very last page.
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