by Ruth L Ozeki

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It is always a good sign when, 20 pages into a novel, you have resolved to find and read everything written by the author of said novel. Ozeki herself, who is a Buddhist priest, a filmmaker and a novelist, is quite as interesting as this fascinating novel. When a plastic bag containing a Hello Kitty lunchbox stuffed with mysterious documents arrives on the shore of a remote island off British Columbia, it unites Nao (the teenage writer) in Japan with Ruth (the middle-aged reader) in British Columbia. The novel is by turns deep and hilarious, sad and philosophical, mystical and realistic. Highly recommended.

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