The Age of Miracles
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Sad. That’s how this book made me feel: sad. As if it’s not bad enough to be a small, plain-looking, friendless, lonely middle-schooler whose parents’ marriage is falling apart, whose crush’s mother is dying, and whose beloved grandfather’s mind is going, the earth’s rotation is slowing and the... Read More »
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow.
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what happens in a young girls life when, for an unknown reason, the Earth's spinning starts to slow down.
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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"But doesn't every previous era feel like fiction once it's gone? After a while, certain vestigial saying are all that remain....Similarly, even as they grew apart, my parents never stopped calling each other sweetheart."