When this book came out last summer, I felt like the general reaction was "Ohmigosh, there's, like, a time warp in this book and it's totally cooooool.” I skipped right past it on the shelves, and SHAME ON ME. The Age of Miracles is like a haiku, deceptively simple and profound in how the story unfolds. Walker writes without many quirks or tricks, adopting a speculative premise to explore the basic human experiences of loss, disillusionment, and coming of age, all while dropping poetry and wisdom into your brain. I cried at the end, and books do not make me cry (unless they’re by Rob Sheffield). Emily Janice Card narrated this one brilliantly, absolutely nailing the tone of wide-eyed teenage Julia -- and her snarky friend Michaela, too. I think this is my favorite audio performance of any novel, ever.

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