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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (November 2017)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (November 2017) This diary will tell the real life story of my great-grandmother Yasutani Jiko.  She was a nun and a novelist and New Woman of the Taisho era.  She was also an anarchist and a feminist who had plenty of lovers, both males and females, but she was never kinky or nasty.  And even though I may end up mentioning some of her love affairs, everything I write will be historically true and empowering to women, and not a lot of foolish geisha crap.

Nao is sixteen.  She hates life in Tokyo and has decided to end it all. 

Ruth lives on a remote island on the other side of the world.  One day she finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore.  Inside is a diary.

I'm reaching forward through time to touch you, it says.  You're reaching back to touch me.

This is the simple story of a girl, her great-grandmother and the writer who becomes enthralled by their tale - and at the same time, something much, much more.
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