I realized I was the only person left in the library besides the oldish lady with the squinty eyes behind the checkout desk.
“Are you guys closed?” I asked.
“We are about to be,” she said with that judgey undertone only old ladies can have.
“Ok, what time?” I said.
“In five minutes,” she responded.
The clock above her head said 4:17. Ok thanks? So, this library closes at 4:22? Weird.
I kept browsing. I mean I understand when it’s closing time people seriously need to leave. But I am pretty sure I still had some time. I was nice enough to narrow it down to one shelf. I wanted something weird to read and I had five minutes.
I bring up time because the book I randomly picked ended up being very much about time. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker is about a family who lives in California when the Earth’s rotation suddenly begins to slow. Everything is thrown off, gravity, the environment, and time.
Suddenly the days are no longer collected into a neat, even number and they keep getting longer and longer. This book is not an action packed doomsday movie. It’s more psychological. It’s about human survival. It’s about the impact the Earth has on our lives. How one small thing, something we don’t even think about, affects us so greatly.
I finished this book yesterday afternoon and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.