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A Tale For the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Hello Thoughtful Readers,

Please join us next month to discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. We meet at my house in the Castro and I send out my address the evening before the meeting to those who RSVP yes. 

As always, feel free to bring something to eat or drink and or share.  Also, meet-up fees are due so any contribution is appreciated (typically $2 per meeting you attend over three months).

Looking forward to seeing you in January.


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth 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 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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  • Irene

    Interesting read!

    January 29, 2014

  • Dana V.

    I awoke enlightened: Jungle Crow is Jiko's current supapowaed incarnation. Now all the apparently random magic makes (some) sense.

    January 29, 2014

  • Madeleine

    Hi, I'm looking forward to meeting you later. I'm afraid I can't make dinner, but look forward to the discussion...

    January 28, 2014

  • ErinBlythe S.

    Hey lovelies. I'm all gross and sick and don't wanna share (youreverywelcome). I LOVED the book Gizelle. Whatever gets picked next is A-O-K by me. See you at Virgils!

    January 28, 2014

  • Lynne P.

    Good suggestion. 6:00 or 6:30 (this is my first time meeting for dinner)? See you then.

    January 28, 2014

    • Deborah

      We met at 6:00 last time.

      January 28, 2014

  • ritakell

    Sorry I can't make it tonight; too much else to do and I haven't finished the book. Have a great time. I am hoping to come to the party next month.

    January 28, 2014

  • Johanna

    In for dinner too. Suggestion of place?

    January 27, 2014

    • Deborah

      Only a few people came to dinner last month, so maybe we can go to the same place: Cafe Flore, 2298 Market at Noe

      January 28, 2014

  • Lynne P.

    I'm up for dinner first. Just post where and when. I'm not familiar with the area so, I have no suggestions but looking forward dining out with you.

    January 27, 2014

  • Jennifer H.

    Dinner beforehand, Ladies? Sushi maybe?

    January 8, 2014

    • Deborah

      I'm in for dinner. Does anyone have a suggested location?

      January 27, 2014

    • Brenda

      I'm now a maybe for dinner, but should make it for the discussion.

      January 27, 2014

  • sarah e.

    Sorry to change my RSVP to no - something came up that I can't miss for work/life. See you all next month (and also Feb 8th event at Virgil's!)

    January 27, 2014

  • Tasha

    Sorry ladies, I couldn't finish the book in time. Enjoy and I'll try to make it the next time around. Glad to see a few of you with the Queer Paulettes

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry girls. Turns out I'm not going to be able to make it after all. Hopefully I can the next meeting

    January 26, 2014

  • Pam

    Sorry that I cannot make it. best to you.

    January 18, 2014

  • Hillary

    I am new too and I read this a few months ago. Would love to join everyone but tues nights arent good for me. Boo hoo. Enjoy the discussion.

    January 16, 2014

  • Caroline K.

    Hello, I just joined this group. I am not able to come the next event, as weekends usually work best for me. I hope to come to a future meetup!

    January 11, 2014

  • Blaze

    Going to a show that night but the book was fantastic!

    January 9, 2014

  • Madeleine

    hello! this will also be my first meetup with this group. in fact... my first time in any book group! looking forward to meeting you all.

    December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meetup wroth this group, looking forward to it:)

    December 22, 2013

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