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Karen Thompson Walker is the author of The Dreamers, and The Age of Miracles, which was named a best book of the year by People, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Financial Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon. It was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and it was translated into twenty-seven languages. She was born and raised in San Diego and is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. Walker lives in Portland with her family, where she is a professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.