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The book of form and emptiness / Ruth Ozeki

The book of form and emptiness / Ruth Ozeki
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Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date
Adult Fiction Quick Browse   Double Bay . *, Quick Browse . 15 Dec 2022
Adult Fiction Quick Browse   Double Bay . *, Quick Browse . 3 Jan 2023
Adult Fiction Quick Browse   Double Bay . *, Quick Browse . 16 Dec 2022
Adult Fiction   Paddington . Available .  
Adult Fiction   Watsons Bay . Available .  
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ISBN 9781922458193 (paperback)
9781838855277 (paperback)
Author Ozeki, Ruth, 1956- author.
Title The book of form and emptiness / Ruth Ozeki
Publisher/Date Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2021.
Pagination etc. 548 pages ; 24 cm
Summary Note One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-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 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, he falls in love with a mesmerising 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. The Book of Form and Emptiness blends unforgettable characters, riveting plot and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz to climate change to our attachment to material possessions. This is classic Ruth Ozeki -- bold, humane and heartbreaking
Subject Teenage boys -- Fiction
Fathers -- Death -- Fiction
Books -- Fiction
Public libraries -- Fiction
Compulsive hoarding -- Fiction
Asian Americans -- Fiction
Magic realist fiction.
Shelf Location F OZEK
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