Karen Thompson Walker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Age of Miracles (2012), which was named one of the best books of the year by People, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. This powerful debut follows a young girl and her family, who awake one morning to discover that the rotation of the Earth has suddenly begun to slow, stretching the length of the 24-hour day and throwing the natural world into disarray. It’s a big, speculative book, but at heart, it’s a simple human drama, told through the eyes of an observant adolescent girl. The Age of Miracles has been translated into 27 languages, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and has been optioned for a television series by AMC.
Her latest novel, The Dreamers (Jan 2019), is another mesmerizing story of a town transformed by a mysterious sickness that locks victims in perpetual sleep and triggers extraordinary, life-altering dreams. Gorgeously written, The Dreamers explore the possibilities contained within a human life – in our waking days, and perhaps even more, in our dreams.
A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, Karen is currently a faculty member of the University of Oregon MFA program, and lives with her family in Portland.