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A Tale for the Time Being

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki

"A"time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be."

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 first 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 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 humor 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.

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August 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Tale For The Time Being (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 1-4104-6046-0 / 978-1-4104-6046-2 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 0-670-06704-0 / 978-0-670-06704-6 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being (ALA Notable Books for Adults)
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 0-670-02663-8 / 978-0-670-02663-0 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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ISBN: 0-85786-796-2 / 978-0-85786-796-4 (UK edition)
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March 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Tale For The Time Being
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ISBN: 1-78211-322-3 / 978-1-78211-322-5 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Tale For The Time Being
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 1-59413-688-2 / 978-1-59413-688-7 (USA edition)
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2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 1-4712-5415-1 / 978-1-4712-5415-4 (UK edition)
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December 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 0-14-312487-0 / 978-0-14-312487-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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December 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Tale For The Time Being
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 0-14-318742-2 / 978-0-14-318742-4 (UK edition)
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 0-85786-797-0 / 978-0-85786-797-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth L Ozeki
ISBN: 0-85786-799-7 / 978-0-85786-799-5 (UK edition)
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May 2013 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
ISBN: 1-4712-3566-1 / 978-1-4712-3566-5 (UK edition)
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth L Ozeki
ISBN: 1-4708-7906-9 / 978-1-4708-7906-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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ISBN: 1-4708-7908-5 / 978-1-4708-7908-2 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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March 2013 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: A Tale for the Time Being
Author(s): Ruth L Ozeki
ISBN: 1-4708-7910-7 / 978-1-4708-7910-5 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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March 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel (ALA Notable Books for Adults)
Author(s): Ruth Ozeki
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Tale for the Time Being
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