By Ruth Ozeki
A superb, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling writer Ruth Ozeki
“A time being is a person who lives in time, and that suggests you, and me, and each certainly one of us who's, or was once, or ever will be.”
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has determined there’s just one get away from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. yet ahead of she ends all of it, Nao first plans to rfile the lifetime of her nice grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived greater than a century. A diary is Nao’s basically solace—and will contact lives in methods she will be able to scarcely imagine.
around the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist residing on a distant island who discovers a suite of artifacts washed ashore in a hi Kitty lunchbox—possibly 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.
choked with Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the connection among author and reader, prior and current, truth and fiction, quantum physics, heritage, and fantasy, 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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7 Carol Roberg arrived at the hospital at five in the afternoon, an hour before the beginning of her shift. The mere thought of being late to work terrified her, and, by coming so early, she could get a bargain-priced meal in the employee's cafeteria before going on duty. That was very important to Carol—a good meal at a low price. Even when she wasn't hungry, which was seldom, even in America where no one seemed ever to be hungry, she was always subtly worried about when she would eat again.
Mintz did not like the twenties. It took a certain indefinable something which he did not have. And he never worked it without a partner, someone to distract the chump while the play was being made. As for working with a partner, he didn't like that either. It cut the score right down the middle. It put an apple on your head, and handed the other guy a shotgun. Because grifters, it seemed, suffered an irresistible urge to beat their colleagues. There was little glory in whipping a fool—hell, fools were made to be whipped.
Very pleased with herself. Roy arose wearily, his legs wobbling as he made the round trip to the bathroom. He dropped back down on the bed in a heap, a little worried about himself for the first time. What could be the cause of this, anyway, this strange overpowering fatigue? Not Moira, surely; he was used to her. Not the fact that he had eaten very little during the past three days. He often had spells when he didn't feel hungry, and this had been one of them. Whatever he ate bounced back, in a brownishcolored liquid.