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Winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
A 2013 Man Booker Prize Finalist
A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A New York Times bestseller
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
An NPR bestseller
A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
A 2013 Washington Post Notable Bookfor Fiction
A 2013 Salon Magazine Best Book
An Amazon Top 100 Book of the Year
A 2014 Indies Choice Book Award Honoree for Adult Fiction
One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year
A 2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction
A Barnes & Noble Best Book, March 2013
Selected for the March 2013 Indie Next List
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A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice
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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 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 it 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 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.
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