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By Ruth Ozeki

A superb, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling writer Ruth Ozeki

“A time being is an individual who lives in time, and that implies you, and me, and each considered one of us who's, or used to be, 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 sooner than she ends all of it, Nao first plans to record the lifetime of her nice grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived greater than a century. A diary is Nao’s merely solace—and will contact lives in methods she will 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 earlier, 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, previous and current, truth and fiction, quantum physics, historical past, and fable, 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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I could be wrong about whose voice it was, I tried convincing myself. Too bad I knew in my gut that I wasn’t. I rolled my eyes skyward and silently questioned (again) why I was being tortured. No answer came. The next time I looked ahead, Aaron was standing in front of me. Immediately, I noticed that none of the curses that I’d silently, well, cursed him with seemed to have worked. He still had the same blue eyes with the slightest hint of gray; the dark chestnut hair that was in spikes on the top of his head; the somehow-still-perfect crooked nose.

The only thing that broke the trend were his eyes—devil red. I cocked my head to the side. On TV and in the movies and books, Cupids always shot their arrows at people, but not this little guy. He had his bow out, with an arrow notched, but instead of shooting it, he seemed to pull the arrow back further and further. A reddish, wispy spiral, almost like a thin layer of clouds, slowly emerged from Aaron’s chest and went towards the arrow. The little sucker. The anti-Cupid looked at me and grinned, startling me into a small gasp.

I asked quietly. He took a quick step backward when my hands went to fists again. “Just let me explain. ” I crossed my arms over my chest. The first thing he said that I didn’t like, I was out of there. Love be damned; his or mine. “You’ve got two minutes, Aaron. ” “Can we sit down? ” He dragged his hands through his hair. “I did not cheat. On that I never lied. Yes, I was at the jewelry store and yes, Inez was with me, but so was my sister. ” I raised my eyebrow. ” His gaze lowered as he reached into his pocket and jiggled change.

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