The tale is told from two viewpoints: 16-year-old Nao in Tokyo, and a late-middle-aged Ruth on a remote area of Vancouver Island. After the 2011 tsunami, Ruth discovers Nao’s diary and other artifacts in a lunchbox, which has washed up on a beach. Like Ruth, we’re drawn into Nao’s disturbing and captivating world – one in which her father is unemployed and depressed, she’s bullied at school, and the only person she yearns to be near is her ancient great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. I loved the many, many layers of this novel. It’s about writing and reading, metaphysics, relationships, the environment, faith, purpose, and redemption.
Gwenamon says: Just wonderful. A must-read!