Title Profile & Character Information

A Tale for the Time Being

Annotation
In Tokyo, shy, bullied 16-year-old Nao determines to end it all-but not before chronicling the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. After the 2011 tsunami, a novelist named Ruth opens a Hello Kitty lunchbox thats fetched up on a remote island off North Americas coast and is immediately drawn into the story of Nao and her ancestor. Ozeki lives part-time in British Columbia and was recently ordained a Buddhist nun, so in some ways shes writing close to home. But heres betting that this award-winning novelist (My Year of Meats), also honored for her work in film, will take her narrative to the next level while remaining engagingly accessible; the best-selling Meats was translated into 11 languages and sold in 14 countries. Sales rep enthusiasm, too.

Awards
2014  American Library Association Notable Books
2014  Asian Pacific American Award for Literature
2014  Sunburst Award
2014  Pacific Northwest Bookseller Awards
2014  Canada-Japan Literary Awards

Characters
NameNao
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent
TraitJapanese

NameRuth
GenderFemale
OccupationWriter
TraitMarried

GenreFiction
Diary
Multicultural
TopicsBullying
Loneliness
High school students
Diaries
Writers
Nuns
Grandmothers
Tsunamis
Identity
SettingJapan
British Columbia