Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Karen Thompson Walker talks about her debut novel,  The Age of Miracles. It’s a coming-of-age story that begins when Julia, a California teenager, along with the rest of the world, discovers that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. She struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, along with the normal disasters of everyday life.


Karen Thompson Walker

Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Julie, thank you for asking Ms. Walker about religious reactions to the Earth's slowing in the book! I've been wondering about that since I first heard about the book. But it's not just about having certain ceremonies keyed to time of day. We're in the middle of Ramadan, & Tish`ah b'Av was a week ago. Fasting from sunup to sundown or for a full day would be very dangerous if the days were that much longer. Does the book go into that & other consequences?

Also, wouldn't the 1st clue about the change be that everyone's clocks would seem to be slow?

Aug. 07 2012 01:22 PM

Which way will water flushing down the toilet turn?
Please ask this! This has deep profound implications.

Aug. 07 2012 01:20 PM

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