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- Publisher: The Penguin Press
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 23mm | 249g
- Publication date: 14 October 2000
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0140280464
- ISBN 13: 9780140280463
- Sales rank: 109,121
Jane Takagi-Little, by trade a documentary filmmaker, by nature a truth seeker, is "racially half, " Japanese and American, and, as she tells us, "neither here nor there..." Jane is sharp-edged, desperate for a job, and determined not to fall in love again. Akiko Ueno, a young Japanese housewife, lives with her husband in a bleak high-rise apartment complex in a suburb of Tokyo. Akiko is so thin her bones hurt, and her husband, an ad agency salaryman who wants her to get pregnant, is insisting that she put some meat on them - literally. Ruth L. Ozeki's novel opens with two women on opposite sides of the globe, whose lives cannot be further apart. But when Jane gets a job, coordinating a television series whose mission is to bring the American heartland, and American meat, into the homes of Japan, she makes some wrenching discoveries - about love, meat, honor, and a hormone called DES. When Jane and Akiko's lives converge, what is revealed taps the deepest concerns of our time - how the past informs the present and how we live and love in this "blessed, ever-shrinking world."
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Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. She is the award-winning author of three novels, "My Year of Meats," "All Over Creation," and "A Tale for the Time Being," which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her critically acclaimed independent films, including "Halving the Bones," have been screened at Sundance and aired on PBS. She is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City. Visit www.ruthozeki.com and follow @ozekiland on Twitter.
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By Bridget Dadds 04 Nov 2011
I read this book many years ago, and would have to rate it as one of the best I have ever read. I've lent it to many friends and without fail, they have all agreed it is an outstanding book. Extremely well written and really thought provoking.
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"A smart and compelling novel about a world we don't realize we live in." -Michael Pollan