Julia is living a pretty regular 6th grade life with her parents in her coastal California hometown when, inexplicably, the rotation of the earth slows. Days and nights mash together and apart and people begin to make different choices — hiding underground, moving to religious communities and even talking to people they normally wouldn’t at the bus stop.
The story is reflectively told from the perspective of an older, more experienced Julia. We know she’s around in the future, so it allows the reader to take the threat of a devastating apocalypse out of the picture to make space for a delicate look at what is inevitably an unusual period of life as it becomes slightly weirder because of the circumstances in which the characters live.
That opportunity also allows an important thought to seep in — try as we might, there are some things over which we simply have no control of — or responsibility for. Julia and her journey to learn and accept that is a story that stick with you long after you finish the book.
About the Author
Karen Thompson Walker grew up in San Diego, where her family was aware of the risk of an earthquake or other natural disaster. She wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before going to her job as an editor at a New York publisher.