Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is an American-Canadian author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is best known for her novels which blend elements of autobiographical narrative, Asian American literature, and postmodern storytelling. Her notable works include 'My Year of Meats,' 'All Over Creation,' and 'A Tale for the Time Being,' the latter of which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Ozeki's writing often explores themes of culture, time, and identity.


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  1. 1. A Tale For The Time Being

    In this introspective novel, a diary washes ashore on a remote Canadian island, bridging two disparate worlds. The journal, written by Nao, a troubled Japanese teenager, chronicles her life, her contemplation of suicide, and her relationship with her great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun. The diary is discovered by a novelist, who becomes engrossed by Nao's story and is compelled to unravel the mysteries of Nao's fate and her own connection to the young girl. As the novelist reads, the boundaries between writer and reader, past and present, fiction and reality blur, creating a meditation on time, loss, and the intricate threads that connect human lives across the globe.

    The 6621st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Book Of Form And Emptiness

    "The Book of Form and Emptiness" follows the journey of a young boy named Benny Oh who discovers an extraordinary ability to hear the voices of inanimate objects. As Benny navigates his complicated family dynamics and copes with the loss of his father, he becomes entangled with a cast of eccentric characters and finds solace in the companionship of the objects around him. This thought-provoking novel explores themes of grief, identity, and the power of imagination, ultimately challenging readers to reconsider their relationship with the material world.

    The 10767th Greatest Book of All Time