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The (Future) Vista Cañas Library

A Tale For the Time Being

(1 customer review)

Author: Ruth Ozeki

Length: 422 pages
Type: Fiction, Physical Book
Genre: General, Literary

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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.


1 review for A Tale For the Time Being

  1. Janet Dore

    A captivating and mysterious story about a suicidal teenage Japanese girl and a woman who finds her diary on the other side of the world. It’s the first book in awhile that had me anticipating the turn of every page…and its possible inclusion on my all time favorites list. While it didn’t make the final cut, I’m sure I’ll remember this book for a number of literary reasons, one being that it’s the first one where my imagination created an ending that was so much better than the Buddhist one that came with the book lol.

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