The Age of MiraclesLarge Print - 2012
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DBRL_KatSU Nov 25, 2016
This book starts when Julia and the rest of the world realize the earth's rotation has suddenly slowed, and will continue to slow. So it could seem like the start of a dystopian novel, but it's not. Instead, it's a coming of age story, complete with first love, family fissures, and the breaking o... Read More »
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Spare, unselfconscious, this debut novel is as startling in its premise as it is in its sense of "rightness." It is a small gem.
Julia, the narrator and main character, is an eleven-year Southern California only child whose mother, a part-time acting teacher, and father, an ob-gyn, respond to the world in markedly different ways, leaving Julia to occupy the middle ground linking them together. Her observing voice recalls, from a distance, the long-ago time when a day lasted 24 hours, divided predictably between darkness and light. But on the cusp of adolescence, Julia's ordinary concerns (flat-chestedness, popularity, soccer) are eclipsed by an epochal shift, soon named The Slowing: days are gradually lengthening, rendering "clock time" meaningless.
Julia's telling of this catastrophic change never strays into the histrionic. The result is completely, disturbingly believable novel that will resonate with YA and adult audiences alike.
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