By Ruth Ozeki
A tremendous, unforgettable novel from bestselling writer Ruth Ozekishortlisted for the Booker Prize
A?time being is somebody who lives in time, and that implies you, and me, and each certainly one of us who's, or used to be, or ever will be.”
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has made up our minds there’s just one get away from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. yet earlier than she ends all of it, Nao first plans to record the lifetime of her nice grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived greater than a century. A diary is Nao’s in basic terms solaceand will contact lives in methods she will scarcely imagine.
around the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist dwelling on a distant island who discovers a set of artifacts washed ashore in a hi Kitty lunchboxpossibly particles from the devastating 2011 tsunami. because the secret of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the previous, into Nao’s drama and her unknown destiny, and ahead into her personal future.
jam-packed with Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the connection among author and reader, previous and current, truth and fiction, quantum physics, background, and delusion, A story for the Time Being is a brilliantly creative, beguiling tale of our shared humanity and the quest for domestic.
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