A Tale for the Time Being


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A beautifully interwoven novel about magic and loss and the incomprehensible threads that connect our lives.

About the Author

Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut by an American father and a Japanese mother. She has lived in Japan, where among other things she worked as a bar hostess and studied flower arrangement, Noh drama and mask carving. Ruth practises Zen Buddhism and was ordained as a priest in 2010. She is the bestselling author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation.


‘A beautifully interwoven novel about magic and loss and the incomprehensible threads that connect our lives. I loved it.’
*Elizabeth Gilbert*

‘Deep and gorgeous and wise. A completely satisfying, continually surprising, wholly remarkable achievement.’
*Karen Joy Fowler*

‘Ozeki is one of my favorite novelists and here she is at her absolute best—bewitching, intelligent, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often on the same page.’
*Junot Diaz*

‘Ruth Ozeki beautifully renders not only the devastation of the collision between man and the natural world, but also its often miraculous results. She is a deeply intelligent and humane writer who offers her insight with a grace that beguiles. I truly love this novel.’
*Alice Sebold*

‘Ingenious and touching…I read it with great pleasure.’
*Philip Pullman*

‘Delightful…fresh and immediate.’
*New York Times Book Review*

‘A huge, compassionate and cleverly wrought novel.’
*Times Literary Supplement*

‘A masterpiece, pure and simple.’
*Kirkus Reviews (starred review)*

‘Masterfully woven…a spellbinding tale.’
*O, The Oprah Magazine*

‘A Tale for The Time Being is many things: literary thriller, cross-cultural meditation and postmodern game. Ozeki's subtlety and craft make these into a convincing whole.’
*Sydney Morning Herald*

‘One of those exquisitely rare books in which you’re still wondering what else it holds until the very last page.’
*Sun Herald*

‘A Tale for the Time Being achieves an impressive balancing act: it’s a book that is profound but never earnest.’

‘An engaging, bitter-sweet work.’
*Weekend Herald (NZ)*

‘Clever on many levels but also immensely readable.’
*Herald on Sunday (NZ)*

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