Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, by an American father and a Japanese mother. She studied English and Asian Studies at Smith College. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest. She divides her time between British Columbia and New York.
She is the author of three novels: My Year of Meats (1998),which won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Award, the Imus/Barnes and Noble American Book Award, and a Special Jury Prize of the World Cookbook Awards in Versailles; All Over Creation (2002), the recipient of a 2004 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, as well as the Willa Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction; and A Tale for the Time Being (2013), longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013.
I have always thought of writing as the opposite of suicide." she said. "That writing was about immortality. Defeating death, or at least forestalling it."
"Yes," she said. "Spinning tales to forestall her execution..."
I have always thought of writing as the opposite of suicide." she said. "That writing was about immortality. Defeating death, or at least fo...
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