Nominated by:

Bibliothèque Municipale Á Vocation Regionale de Nice, France

Publisher of nominated edition:

Simon & Schuster, UK

The Age of Miracles

Karen Thompson Walker      

2014 Longlist

‘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.

(From Publisher)

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.

Librarian’s Comments

A great novel about tenderness and love between teenagers based on a natural disaster background which deeply affects peoples’ lives.

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