A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from
bestselling author Ruth Ozeki
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 is only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’
bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her
great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who has lived for more than a century. A diary is
Nao’s only solace—and it will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.
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 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, history
and myth, A Tale for the Time Being
is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the
search for home. Download and start listening now!