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A Tale for the Time Being

Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being. New York: Penguin Books, 2013. This novel follows Japanese-American author Ruth as she attempts to piece together the story of Nao, whose diary washed up on the shore of Ruth's beach hometown on the west coast of Canada. Nao is a troubled teenage girl from Tokyo, who has resolved to document her hundred-year-old grandmother's life as an activist, feminist, and Zen nun. A compelling story in and of itself, the novel also introduces Zen Buddhist philosophy and its connections to scientific theories of time and being. 

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