I checked out The Age of Miracles as an audio book, read by, Emily Janice Card. I enjoyed Emily’s voice and narration of the audio book, and I highly recommend it. I don’t usually check out audio books, but I thought ‘what the hay.’ The Age of Miracles started off a bit slow for me, but it picked up after the first few chapters. It’s a beautiful coming of age story during a trying time in society. Karen Thompson Walker is a new writer who has created a singular narrator in Julia, and has gracefully written an emotional story telling of an altered world. By mixing every day challenges a family and a society can face, against a backdrop of an uncertain world is fascinating, and a bit breathtaking. I felt haunted, uncertain, and curious while reading this book. It truly is a book of miracles, and what one can gain from fear. I enjoyed this, and I hope you do, too.
Julia, our main character, and her family wake up to breaking news that the earth has suddenly begun to slow down. With this great uncertainty for her family, and for the whole nation, people begin to pray, plan for the end of the world, keep to their homes, and become fearful of what is to become. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. You can just imagine how terrifying, but curious this all would be. Yet as Julia struggles with this new change, she is also going through every day challenges of her own. Julia is coping with the normal disasters of everyday life, the distance in her family, the loss of friends, the hopeful anguish of love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather, who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia slowly adjusts to this new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.