From Our April Newsletter
Like Ozeki’s 1998 blockbuster, My Year of Meats, A
Tale for the Time Being has two narrators, one who is living in North
America and one in Japan. In alternating chapters that flow together perfectly,
this book is rich in character and in culture from both points of view. In
Japan, 16-year-old Nao was recently relocated to Japan after living in Silicon
Valley for all of her young life. When her father loses his job, they move back
to Japan and her circumstances change in dramatic and devastating ways. We
learn about her life there through a journal that has been discovered by Ruth,
an author living on a remote island in Canada. She struggles with writer’s
block and the relationships in her life … and bears a more than passing
resemblance to our author!
This is a novel jam-packed with thought-provoking ideas
about time, history, religion, culture and (so much) more...You won’t want to
miss a word.