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

Looking for your next read? Check out A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Hannah M.

“I am a time being…A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” Ozeki’s tale of a young high school girl and the woman across the ocean who finds her journal washed up on shore is a beautifully haunting tale of two lives connected and intertwined. In Canada, novelist Ruth, daughter of Japanese immigrants, begins to read the diary of sixteen-year-old Nao. Ruth’s growing fear for Nao’s life in Tokyo quickly becomes an obsession. Nao tells her diary everything. All the words she cannot say to her parents, to her grandmother, spill out unchecked. Ruth begins a search for young Nao determined to find her before Nao can take her own life, even though she cannot know if Nao is still alive or not.

As we read Nao’s story through the diary, we are faced with our own mortality, connections with our past, and the ties that bind us to family through thick and thin. It is a story that tells us there is always hope, if we can just keep moving forward. Ozeki’s tale proves to us that there is someone out there who cares deeply, even if we don’t see it ourselves, and despite hardships, encourages us to face our trauma and grow from it, without shaming those who are unable to heal.

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