I am currently reading Ruth Ozeki’s long-awaited novel, A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki just blows me away on every page.
A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki
A time 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’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.
Ozeki blurs the line between fiction and reality. One of her principal characters is a novelist named Ruth who lives on an island near Vancouver. Ozeki is a novelist who lives on an island near Vancouver. If I could interview her, I would ask her if what happens in the book really happened to her. It makes for truly compelling, intriguing reading.
A Tale for the Time Being is imaginative, ambitious, and sometimes harrowing. Once you start reading Ozeki’s story, you should be prepared to ignore the rest of the world. I was fascinated from the very first page and now I must leave you to get back to the book.
A Tale for the Time Being comes out March 12 from Viking.