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Publisher Description

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.

Ruth Ozeki
hr min
March 12
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

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My new favorite book

After re reading 4 times I also opted for the audio version never has a book so filled me with hope and dread all in the same chapter this is worth a read

Sobe000 ,

An amazingly powerful audio

This book is full of heavy human drama with a strand of hope and life flowing though it. This audio goes to some very powerful places of the human condition; examining depression, suicide, bullying, and death. However, you can feel that life, and the characters, are very strong and power though. A great book for anyone. I listen to the whole thing in one day, and will defiantly listen to it again. A fantastic book.

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