All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki

Who knew that a book about Idaho potato farming could be compelling! Rich characters: people who make poor choices (consistently), sleazy scumbags, radical environmentalists. This is not as good as A Tale For The Time Being, but is a fine read.

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A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

tale for the time beingThis is a brilliant story. A woman in the BC Gulf Islands (Ruth) finds a diary washed ashore, written by a 15 year-old (Nao) in Japan in which her relationship with her 104 year-old great-grandmother is described. Story is a mystery with some magical elements, with Zen philosophy and some quantum mechanics to describe time and place (a little like 1Q84). A fascinating question is asked: How does reading a story impact the ending?