April Book Club Discussion | A Tale for the Time Being
This year, in honor of our March 2014 Women’s History Month speaker Haleh Esfandiari, we will focus on International Feminism and Diverse Women's Life Stories. We have included in our list some classic titles and some less well-known. We are focusing on novels with female life stories.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Luann Dummer Center for Women
O'Shaughnessy Education Center, Room 103
Free and open to the public
Feel free to bring your lunch and/or beverage to the discussion.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
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.