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Karen Thompson Walker - The ​Dreamers
In ​an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled, and stores begin to run out of supplies. A quarantine is established. The National Guard is summoned. Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrust together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate. Two visiting professors try to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. A father succumbs to the illness, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves. And at the hospital, a new life grows within a college girl, unbeknownst to her—even as she sleeps. A psychiatrist, summoned from Los Angeles, attempts to make sense of the illness as it spreads through the town. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what? Written in gorgeous prose, _The Dreamers_ is a breathtaking novel that startles and provokes, about the possibilities contained within a human life—in our waking days and, perhaps even more, in our dreams.

Karen Thompson Walker - The ​Age of Miracles
“It ​still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.” Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty. On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues. With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

Karen Thompson Walker - Csodák ​kora
Amikor ​a Föld forgása lassulni kezdett, még sokáig nem lehetett érzékelni a napok peremén domborodó plusz időt. Egyre csak gyűlt, mint a rejtett daganat. Eleinte még nem látszottak a következményei: a felerősödő gravitáció, a sötét és világos napszakok meghosszabbodása, mely a növények kipusztulásához vezetett, vagy hogy a bolygót védő mágneses mező gyengülése felerősítette a napkitörések káros hatásait. De lassacskán már a kevésbé egyértelmű következményekkel is szembe kellett nézniük az embereknek. Családok estek szét, és új, lázas szerelmek szövődtek. Barátságok lettek semmivé, és sokan teljesen magukra maradtak. Lehet, hogy annak, ami Juliával és a családjával történt, semmi köze nem volt a lassuláshoz. Ám a tizenegy éves lánynak hirtelen muszáj volt felnőnie és megtalálnia a túlélés lehetőségét egy pusztuló világban. "Megindító disztópia egy kamaszlányról és egy eltűnőben lévő világról" - (Kirkus). "Csodálatosan megírt, rémisztően valószerű látomás" - (Publishers Weekly).

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