August 2014

A Tale for the Time Being

Author: Ruth Ozeki

Pat Boger will be hosting Deercreek's Literary Circle meeting on August 18 and Connie Davis will be facilitating the novel, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

This novel is at times quirky and humorous, combining fact and faction, past and present and engages both writer and reader.

Ozeki describes sixteen-year-old Nao who 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 has 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.

A Tale for the Time Being is an inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.


Interested in joining the Literary Circle? Contact Pat Gross, pgro9@aol.com.