Hi everyone and welcome back to our last Book Club discussion of 2012! I hoped you enjoyed The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and are ready to leave your thoughts in the comments below. As always, if you haven’t read the book yet, beware of reading the next section as it contains SPOILERS.
The Age of Miracles is told from the point of view of Julia, an 11 year old girl growing up in California, right on the edge of adolescence. Early on in the novel, a science-fiction element comes into play as the rotation of the Earth slows and days and night begin to extend past 12 hours each. Initially, there isn’t much of a difference, but eventually, the days and nights are 24 hours each and the Earth’s magnetic field begins to be affected. This science-fiction story really only serves as the backdrop for Julia going through her own changes on the way to adolescence.
Honestly, I felt like not a whole lot happened in the novel. It was a fairly ordinary story, although the author did beautifully narrate Julia’s transition from little girl to young woman. Julia lost old friends, formed relationships with boys and realized that perhaps her parents aren’t who she thought they were – all those things that happen to everyone during adolescence. I guess I’m just used to reading books with a big, dramatic event; The Age of Miracles simmered instead of boiling over like many novels nowadays. And maybe that’s the appeal. After I finished it, I distinctly remember thinking that I didn’t really have an epiphany or get emotional, like I often do with my favorite reads, but I still really enjoyed the book. It was a quite, satisfying read and, I thought, very appropriate considering the world was “supposed” to end on the 21st.
What did you think of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker? Tell us in the comments section!
And now for the big reveal, our first read of 2013 – Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.