A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

A finalist for both the Booker and Pulitzer prizes, A Tale for the Time Being follows Nao Yasutani, a teenage girl coping with moving back to Tokyo, a result of her family’s rapid financial decline in the Silicon Valley. Nao struggles with depression and suicidal ideation, exacerbated by her family problems and the bullying she receives in school. The only thing keeping Nao from committing suicide is her desire to document the life of her great-grandmother Jiko in her diary. The novel also follows Ruth (a self-insert of the author) as she and her husband are searching a beach in British Columbia for debris from the 2011 tsunami. Ruth finds Nao’s intact diary, and is immediately enamored with her story and fate. A Tale for the Time Being explores the similarities of these women, the Japanese stigma of suicide, and how each of them are learning to adjust to their particular situations. This book is brilliant and well worth its many accolades. ~ Reviewed by Annabelle Mackson