Hot of the Press: The Age of Miracles
Former editor at Simon and Schuster, Karen Thompson Walker must have been grateful to her old colleagues for the £500,000 advance for THE AGE OF MIRACLES. Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times thought it money well spent:
What sets the story apart from more run-of-the-mill high-concept novels is Ms. Walker’s decision to recount the unfolding catastrophe from the perspective of Julia, who is on the verge of turning 12. Her voice turns what might have been just a clever mash-up of disaster epic with sensitive young-adult, coming-of-age story into a genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary with impressive fluency and flair. The Age of Miracles is not without its flaws. There are moments when the spell the author has so assiduously created wobbles, and moments when a made-for-Hollywood slickness seeps into the story.
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