Nao lives in Tokyo. She is sixteen, and has decided to write a diary before she kills herself. She has plenty of material - school bullies, depressed parents - but she particularly wants to chronicle the life of her great-grandmother, Jiko, a Buddhist nun. Eventually, Nao thinks, her diary will find its reader. Ruth lives with her husband on the Pacific coast of Canada. A few months after the 2010 tsunami, she finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore. It contains a diary. This is the simple story of a girl, her great grandmother and the novelist who becomes enthralled with their tale. And it is much much more.



ISBN: 9781925498950
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publication City, Country: Melbourne, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7(H) x 13(L) x 3.3(W)
Weight (gm): 290



`A beautifully interwoven novel about magic and loss and the incomprehensible threads that connect our lives. I loved it.' -- Elizabeth Gilbert
`Deep and gorgeous and wise. A completely satisfying, continually surprising, wholly remarkable achievement.' -- Karen Joy Fowler
`Ozeki is one of my favorite novelists and here she is at her absolute best-bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page.' -- Junot Diaz
`Ruth Ozeki beautifully renders not only the devastation of the collision between man and the natural world, but also its often miraculous results. She is a deeply intelligent and humane writer who offers her insight with a grace that beguiles. I truly love this novel.' -- Alice Sebold
`Ingenious and touching...I read it with great pleasure.' -- Philip Pullman
`Delightful...fresh and immediate.' * New York Times Book Review *
`A huge, compassionate and cleverly wrought novel.' * Times Literary Supplement *
`A masterpiece, pure and simple.' * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
`Masterfully woven...a spellbinding tale.' * O, The Oprah Magazine *
`A Tale for The Time Being is many things: literary thriller, cross-cultural meditation and postmodern game. Ozeki's subtlety and craft make these into a convincing whole.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
`One of those exquisitely rare books in which you're still wondering what else it holds until the very last page.' * Sun Herald *
`A Tale for the Time Being achieves an impressive balancing act: it's a book that is profound but never earnest.' * Australian *
`An engaging, bitter-sweet work.' * Weekend Herald (NZ) *
`Clever on many levels but also immensely readable.' * Herald on Sunday (NZ) *


Author Biography

Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut by an American father and a Japanese mother. She has lived in Japan, where among other things she worked as a bar hostess and studied flower arrangement, Noh drama and mask carving. Ruth practises Zen Buddhism and was ordained as a priest in 2010. She is the bestselling author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation.
A Tale for the Time Being

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