Unshelved Book Club - A Tale for the Time Being

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Quincy Public Library
Small Conference Room

Event Details

Unshelved meets on the second Wednesday of each month, January through November, at 1:00 PM in the Library's Small Conference Room.  Books are selected 3-6 months in advance. The book club is free of charge and anyone interested in the discussions is welcome to attend! 

In March, we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L Ozeki.

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a 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. 

Full of Ozeki’s signature humour and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. 

Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
LeAnne Balzer
(217) 223-1309

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