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. – from Goodreads.com.
When I picked up this book on a whim from my friend’s old bookstore, I had no idea what I was getting in to. I thought that this was a young adult novel, but I don’t really think it is, despite being narrated by a tweenage girl. It was very much a novel for every age, for everyone who is fascinated by stories of the end of the world as we know it, and how we change because of it.
This is a short novel, less than 300 pages, easy to dip into on a weekend and get lost in another world that looks so much like ours but is different enough to change us and to change everything.
This book will move you, it will make you think differently about the way you see the world and your place in it.
Highly recommended, but I suppose all the books this month are, because they’re my favorites!