Book of the Week: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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This is a book which will absorb you from the very beginning and which will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

In Tokyo 16-year-old Nao tries to escape her loneliness and her classmates’ bullying by documenting the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who has lived for more than a century.

Nao’s diary becomes her only solace - but it will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, Ruth, a novelist who lives on a remote island, discovers a collection of artefacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox which she believes may be debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

As the mysteries of its contents unfold, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her uncertain fate.

Nao’s diary changes Ruth’s life and, if you read it, it may just change yours too...