Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Age of Miracles headed for the big screen

Add it to my TBR list! Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles was acquired by several international book publishing companies last spring in major bidding wars. In the U.S. Doubleday paid a million bucks for it, in the U.K., Simon and Shuster paid 500,000 pounds. Doubleday has it in Canada. The book will be published on June 21st, 2012 according to this article in The Guardian.


But hold on .... according to Word and Film River Road Entertainment has already acquired the screen rights. River Road is the production company behind this year's acclaimed Tree of Life film as well as Brokeback Mountain and Into the Wild (what a story!) among others.
All this for a novel that Walker wrote in part on her subway ride to and from work. JK Rowling move over!
Here's the blurb for the upcoming book
"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."
So remember, June 21st. Save the date!

2 comments:

  1. Hmmm...I'm not sure how I feel about this. I finished reading this book a couple of days ago and while I thought it was pretty good, I'm glad I didn't know the author had received a million dollar advance on this one. Now I think the book is ruined for me.

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  2. I would have hoped that with everyone clamoring and paying HUGE money, that the book would generate "amazing" vs "pretty good".
    You are much more closely connected with the book publishing world - what's the x-factor that has them salivating and falling all over themselves when I suspect some equally talented writer's books get passed over and passed over?

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