The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki shortlisted for the Women’s Price for Fiction. My book review.

Book Review: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Stories never start at the beginning, Benny. They differ from life in that regard. Life is lived from birth to death, from the beginning into an unknowable future. But stories are told in hindsight. Stories are life lived backward.” (The Book of Form and Emptiness)

I remember being thrilled to hear Ruth Ozeki speak about her Booker shortlisted novel A Tale for the Time Being at the Brisbane Writers Festival in 2013. The audience was full of literary fiction lovers. Heads nodded in recognition of kindred spirits.

I seek out novels by Japanese authors (Ozeki’s mother is Japanese) and beautifully conceived novels set in Japan such as A Tale for the Time Being by Ozeki, The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw (Text Publishing, which I have reviewed), Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones, The…

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