A Tale for the Time Being

By Ruth Ozeki

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16-year-old Nao is bullied and ponders ending her life in a café in Tokyo while recording her deepest thoughts (and admiration of her 104-year-old Zen Buddhist great-grandmother) in her newly purchased diary; on an island in British Columbia, a writer named Ruth finds a diary washed up – perhaps debris from the recent tsunami? The two narratives collide in this phenomenal and brilliant novel that runs the gamut from quantum physics and the culture of suicide in Japan to Zazen meditation and the relationship among families. Mind-blowing.

Perfect for:

• Lovers of high, literary fiction.
• Those who don’t mind a touch of magical-realism thrown in.
• Anyone interested in learning more about Japan’s cultural, military and social history.

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