This summer, first-year students at Smith College will be reading Ruth Ozeki’s novel A Tale for the Time Being, a 2013 finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Readers learn that "a time being is someone who lives in time," which, of course, we all do; thus, the story themes are universal.
This is a tale of transformation and redemption for three generations of strong women: Nao, an adolescent girl living in Japan, who has written a journal; Ruth, a middle-aged novelist living in the Pacific Northwest, who finds the journal; and Jiko, a Buddhist nun and Nao’s great-grandmother.
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This book spoke to me as a leader and developmental psychologist because the author constructs a world filled with possibilities. I believe this message will resonate with students as they navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.