A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Find in catalogI just finished reading a book that I feel compelled to tell about.  This author recently presented at a panel discussion and author reading at U of O. What an amazing writer she is and on how many levels she writes! It’s hard to describe what the book is about because there is so much wrapped into the story, but the premise is that a writer of novels named Ruth living in Vancouver Island finds the diary of a Japanese girl and presumes that it has washed ashore from the tsunami/earthquake in Japan.  The girl has a hard life, being bullied at school and living with her father who contemplates suicide, but she admires her very old grandmother.  The Canadian writer, Ruth, is drawn into the girl’s story and seeks to learn more about history (WW2), science, Zen Buddhism, and more.  It is really an unusual, amazing, and intelligent book.

Reviewed by Summer Reader


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