Ruth Ozeki’s acclaimed debut novel is ‘marvellously funny and passionate’ (Jane Smiley) and ‘a joy to read’ (Elle)
In a single eye-opening year, two women, worlds apart, experience parallel awakenings.
In New York, Jane Takagi-Little has landed a job producing Japanese docu-soap My American Wife! But as she researches the consumption of meat in the American home, she begins to realize that her ruthless search for a story is deeply compromising her morals.
Meanwhile, in Tokyo, housewife Akiko Ueno diligently prepares the recipes from Jane’s programme. Struggling to please her husband, she increasingly doubts her commitment to the life she has fallen into.
As Jane and Akiko both battle to assert their individuality on opposite sides of the globe, they are drawn together in a startling story of strength, courage, love.
“Ozeki is a deeply intelligent and humane writer”
Alice Sebold, Author Of Lovely Bones
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“One of my favourite novelists”
“There are not many novels that can justify the label “extraordinary”… It grapples with a quite astonishing pantheon of themes… The writing is witty, intelligent and passionate”
“Smart, funny, irreverent”
“A joy to read”
Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning novelist and filmmaker. She is also the author of All Over Creation and, most recently,the Man Booker 2013 shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut, by an American father and Japanese mother. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest. She divides her time between British Columbia and New York.