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Ruth Ozeki

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Ruth Ozeki (born in New Haven, Connecticut) is a Japanese American novelist. She is the daughter of anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury.

Ozeki published her debut novel, My Year of Meats, in 1998. She followed up with All Over Creation in 2003. Her new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, was published on March 12, 2013.

She is married to Canadian land artist Oliver Kellhammer, and the couple divides their time between New York City and Vancouver.
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“Usually people who do bad things make good writers. I did a lot of bad things, which is why my novels are interesting.” ~Jakucho Setouchi, novelist-turned-Buddhist nun Jakucho Setouchi is one of my heroes, and she made this comment during an interview with Reuters back in 2008, when she was eighty five years old. Here are some of the reasons [...]
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A Tale for the Time Being

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My Year of Meats

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All Over Creation

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The Face

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“Sometimes when she told stories about the past her eyes would get teary from all the memories she had, but they weren't tears. She wasn't crying. They were just the memories, leaking out.”
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

“Am I crazy?" she asked. "I feel like I am sometimes."
"Maybe," he said, rubbing her forehead. "But don't worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It's your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It's a good thing not a bad thing.”
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“Life is fleeting. Don't waste a single moment of your precious life. Wake up now! And now! And now!”
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Hilary Lange I recently finished a book entitled Mary is God with a very interesting premise that Mary is in fact the Holy Spirit or the female component of the God head...father, mother and son.


message 3: by Cam *tactile seeker* (last edited Nov 20, 2013 10:50PM)

Cam *tactile seeker* Thank you for accepting my friend request, Ruth.
I read your book, "My Year of Meats" for my English Literature exam at uni and absolutely loved it!
I'll be forever grateful to my professor for choosing it.


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Ruth Ozeki Thank you, Tim!


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Tim Big congratulations on making the Booker Shortlist, Ruth! You definitely deserve it. Best of luck going forward with 'A Tale for the Time Being'!


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