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The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki

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The book of form and emptiness
Title
The book of form and emptiness
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Ozeki
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A brilliantly inventive new novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things, by the Booker Prize-finalist author of A Tale for the Time Being. After the tragic death his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house-a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where "things happen." He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he meets his very own Book-a talking thing-who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter. With its blend of sympathetic characters, riveting plot, and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz, to climate change, to our attachment to material possessions, The Book of Form and Emptiness is classic Ruth Ozeki-bold, wise, poignant, playful, humane and heartbreaking"--
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1956-
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Ozeki, Ruth
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • Teenage boys
  • Fathers
  • Books
  • Public libraries
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Asian Americans
  • Asian Americans
  • Books
  • Coming of age
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Fathers
  • Public libraries
  • Teenage boys
Label
The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1240264435
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
548 pages
Isbn
9780399563645
Lccn
2021008787
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40030743680
System control number
(OCoLC)1240264435
Label
The book of form and emptiness, Ruth Ozeki
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1240264435
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
548 pages
Isbn
9780399563645
Lccn
2021008787
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40030743680
System control number
(OCoLC)1240264435

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