The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Between 5 preschool storytimes a week and working the desk in the Children’s Department at the library, I don’t spend a lot of time at the desk where most books are checked out. When I do, it’s dangerous. I always see something being checked out I want to read. So my request list for books from the library grows. Or I see a book returned I absolutely loved.
Today, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker was returned. This is her first published book. She wrote in the mornings before she went to work. If I ever write a book, it will not be written in the morning. I promise you!
Set in the future where the rotation of the earth is beginning to slow, Julia comes of age. It’s a time of uncertainty as both the days and nights grow longer. Futuristic dystopia novels aren’t books I seek out. When I picked this one up, I did not know it was considered one. Unlike many dystopian novels I’ve read, I felt this could happen exactly the way it is written. The character’s reactions are nuanced and authentic.