A Tale for the Time Being
In Tokyo, a lonely sixteen-year-old, Nao, finds solace in writing her diary. Across the Pacific, Ruth, a novelist living on an island off the coast of BC, discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox ó possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past and forward into her own future. Ozekiís beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
About this Author
RUTH OZEKI is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and teaches creative writing at Smith College, where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities in the Department of English Language and Literature.
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