- Published: New York : Viking, 2013.
- Year Published: 2013
- Description: 422 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Teenage girls -- Fiction.
- Buddhist nuns -- Fiction.
- Women authors -- Fiction.
- Tokyo (Japan) -- Fiction.
- Vancouver Island (B.C.) -- Fiction.
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A tale for the time being
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
I would like to note that there are some adult subjects discussed in the story, such as depression, planning suicide (as mentioned in the publisher notes) and prostitution. Parents may want to read the (entire) book to help decide if their child is ready for it, and give them the ability to discuss it.
I was engrossed and entertained the first time through. When I finished the last page, I closed the book, thought about it for a minute or two while sitting quietly and smiling, then I opened the book and started reading it all over again.
I picked up details in the second read that were important later on in the story, and I grew to love the 3 main characters even more.
I recommend this book to all my reading friends.
I rarely buy books (I'd need an extra building in which to store them) but I will buy this one when I see it in the Library's book sale. It will go on the shelf with my other read-again favorites because I'm sure I'll get new things out of it each time I read it.
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