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The enchanting new novel from the best-selling author of My Year of Meat Nao is a sixteen year old teenager living in Tokyo with a suicidal father and is being horrendously bullied at school. She decides to kill herself but not before writing a diary in the hope that it will reach the right reader Ruth is a writer living in a remote area of Canada who finds a diary washed up on the beach in a Hello Kitty lunchbox a few weeks after the 2010 earthquake and tsunami. She is inexorably drawn into Nao's story. The lines between what she knows to be true and what she knows to be impossible begin to blur A Tale for the Time Being is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. Impossible to put down, it will leave the reader completely satisfied but ruminating on the questions it raises for a long time to come ???A Tale for the Time Being is a timeless story. Ruth Ozeki beautifully renders not only the devastation of the collision between man and the natural world, but also the often miraculous results of it. She is a deeply intelligent and humane writer who offers her insight with a grace that beguiles. I truly love this novel.??? Alice Sebold Ruth Ozeki will attend major writers festivals in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 A novel for true book-lovers and perfect for book club discussions Early reading copies available Reading group notes available from Text website

A Tale for the Time Being

  • Ruth L. Ozeki
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