By Ruth Ozeki

A amazing, 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 one in all us who's, or used to be, or ever will be.”

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has made up our minds there’s just one break out from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. yet prior to 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 simply solace—and will contact lives in methods she will scarcely imagine.

around the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist dwelling on a distant island who discovers a set 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.

jam-packed 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 artistic, beguiling tale of our shared humanity and the quest for domestic.  

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Everything became an echoing, red blur. She cried, begging him to stop. She tried to cover her face and ear before the next blow, but her arms were pinned beneath his legs. ” Again, Rebecca didn’t answer. If she answered yes, she feared she was in for a brutal beating or worse. If she answered no, she was in for a long night of torture. He punched her again and again. But the physical pain couldn’t compare to the humiliation and degradation she felt for allowing another human being to treat her this way.

If she answered no, she was in for a long night of torture. He punched her again and again. But the physical pain couldn’t compare to the humiliation and degradation she felt for allowing another human being to treat her this way. ” That time Rebecca heard herself cry, “No,” through her tears, dreading that she’d given up the fight. He jumped off her and ripped the bedroom phone cord from the wall, then rushed to the living room and yanked that phone cord, too. Knowing this was her chance, Rebecca ran out of the apartment, out of the building and onto the stairs in the alley, screaming hysterically, “Help me!

Then Rebecca remembered coming home from work to find a white business envelope in her mailbox. She opened it as she climbed the stairs to her apartment. When she read State versus Roy Smythson, a wave of memories flooded over her and fear returned. She walked into her apartment and remembered everything as if it had happened just a few hours before. As her mind replayed the horror of that night, she began to cry. She didn’t want to go through it all again. She had moved, and moved on with her life.

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