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A Letter to Book Clubs from Karen Thompson Walker

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Walker_Age of Miracles_TP “A stunner.”—Justin Cronin

New York Times bestseller THE AGE OF MIRACLES finally comes out in paperback tomorrow, January 15! To celebrate, Karen wanted to write a letter to all of her loyal book clubbers.

Dear Book Club Readers,

As I wrote The Age of Miracles, I was drawing partly on my own memories of what it felt like to be a young girl. Like Julia, I was shy, sensitive and easily embarrassed. I remember how much my mother, like Julia’s, wanted me to share my feelings with her and how much, like Julia, I wanted to keep them secret.

I think that adolescence is one of the hardest times for mothers and daughters to navigate, a time when daughters naturally begin to pull away from their mothers even as their mothers long to keep them close. I tried to capture some of that longing and that inevitable gap in the story of Julia and her mother. It seems to me that in a time of catastrophe, these issues would not only persist but intensify.

Maybe that’s why I feel especially moved when I hear from mothers who have read The Age of Miracles and then passed it on to their daughters. As a first time author, it’s still an incredible thrill to hear from any reader, but I find the responses from these mothers and daughters especially satisfying. At a stage of life when parents and children so often mystify one another, I’m so glad to know that for some of them, if only briefly, reading my book can be an experience they share.

Whether you’re a mother or a daughter, or a father or a son, I’m so grateful for your interest in the book.


Karen Thompson Walker

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

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“A stunner.”—Justin Cronin

Now out in paperback!
“It’s never the disasters you see coming that finally come to pass—it’s the ones you don’t expect at all,” says Julia, in this spellbinding novel of catastrophe and survival by a superb new writer. Luminous, suspenseful, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles tells the haunting and beautiful story of Julia and her family as they
struggle to live in a time of extraordinary change.

On an ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer; gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world that seems
filled with danger and loss, Julia also must face surprising developments in herself, and in her
personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by her friends, the pain and
vulnerability of first love, a growing sense of isolation, and a surprising, rebellious new strength.

With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking portrait of people finding ways to go on in an ever-evolving world.

Also, be sure to check out Karen Thompson Walker’s recent TED talk appearance in Scotland.

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