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A tale for the time being, Ruth Ozeki

A tale for the time being
A tale for the time being
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Ruth Ozeki
""A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be." In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home"--
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A tale for the time being
Nao Yasutani is a Japanese schoolgirl who intends to write in her diary the life story of her great-grandmother Jiko, a Zen Buddhist nun. But Nao actually ends up writing her own life story, and the diary eventually washes up on the shore of Canada's Vancouver Island, where a novelist called Ruth lives. Ruth finds the diary in a freezer bag with some old letters in French and a vintage watch and begins to investigate how the bag traveled from Japan to her island, and why it contains what it does.
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  • ALA Notable Book, 2014
  • Asian Pacific American Award for Literature: Adult Fiction, 2014.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • Canada-Japan Literary Awards, 2014
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, 2013.
  • Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, 2014.
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T35 2013
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Ruth Ozeki
A tale for the time being, Ruth Ozeki

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