Nao lives in Tokyo. She is sixteen, and has decided to write a diary before she kills herself. She has plenty of material - school bullies, depressed parents - but she particularly wants to chronicle the life of her great-grandmother, Jiko, a Buddhist nun. Eventually, Nao thinks, her diary will find its reader.Ruth lives with her husband on the Pacific coast of Canada. A few months after the 2010 tsunami, she finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore. It contains a diary.This is the simple story of a girl, her great grandmother and the novelist who becomes enthralled with their tale. And it is much much more.
Winner of LA Times Book Prize for Fiction 2013 (United States) and Independent Bookseller Week, Book of the Year 2013 (UK) and Medici Book Club Prize 2014 (United States) and Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for the Best Foreign Novel 2015 (Russian Federation). Short-listed for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2013 (United States) and Man Booker Prize 2013 and American Booksellers Assocation (ABA) Indies Choice Award for Fiction 2014 (United States). Long-listed for PEN Open Book Award 2014 (United States) and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 (Ireland).
Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut by an American father and a Japanese mother. She has lived in Japan, where among other things she worked as a bar hostess and studied flower arrangement, Noh drama and mask carving. Ruth practises Zen Buddhism and was ordained as a priest in 2010. She is the bestselling author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation.