A Tale for the Time Being

(by guest blogger Molly Kumar)



“…I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you. 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.”  These opening lines grabbed me and never let me go through the entirety of A Tale for the Time Being By Ruth Ozeki.

Equal parts The Odyssey, YA confessional, and a primer in quantum physics, A Tale for the Time Being has trouble being classified as any one genre.

The story follows a young Japanese American girl who (feeling alienated and lost) returns to Tokyo from California. Her life mysteriously and miraculously intersects with a Japanese American woman living abroad in British Columbia.

This is an incredibly captivating read because it is a “return narrative”—one that shows an individual returning to their native land after immigrating elsewhere. Ozeki perfectly captures the traumatizing and disorienting nature of returning to a land that is no longer home.

If you’re looking for an amazing epic tale that is grounded in swaths of non-fiction, then look no further. You will not be disappointed.

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