Hi, I’m Laura.
For the most part, I am a children’s librarian. Therefore, I read kid’s books 94% of the time. So an adult book has to be realllllly compelling to fit into the teeny tiny 6% that I have allotted to it. And guess what, world! I recently read an adult book SO great and SO compelling that I am going to tell all of you about it… and then URGE you to check it out from the library!
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
In Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel, the world is ending. But in the words of T.S. Eliot, it’s not going out with a bang, but with a whimper. One early fall day, 11-year-old Julia and her family wake up to find out (with the rest of the world) that the rotation of the earth has slowed suddenly and inexplicably. As a result of the “slowing,” days and nights balloon to lengths of thirty and forty hours, subtly affecting the planet’s gravity, and wreaking havoc on the earth’s delicate ecosystem, crops, and climate.
Against this apocalyptic backdrop, Julia is growing up: she confronts the dissolution of her parent’s marriage, abandonment by her best friend, illness, loneliness, and her first love. As Julia states at the book’s outset, “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.” Walker’s spare prose is both haunting and surprising at times, and creates a story that the reader will not be able to put down or forget.
For a summer read that will fascinate you (and probably scare the pants off of you, too!), look no further than The Age of Miracles! This Children’s Librarian gives it two thumbs up!