I am quite behind on my posting, partially due to an equipment failure now fixed. My very short post on this wonderful book should not be construed negatively.
A "Time Being" is something that exists in transient time. It is an expression based on Buddist metaphysical theories. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki has two narrators. One is a sixteen year old Japanese American girl whose had to move with her parents to Tokyo when her father lost his high paying Silicon Valley job. She keeps a diary reflecting her difficulties in adjustment, her dealings with her now suicidal father, her own readings of the diary of an ancestor that died as a Kaminski pilot in World War Two, and her teachage angst amplified by transitioning from Silicon Valley to Tokyo. The other narrator is a Japanese American woman, a writer, living on an island off the coast of British Columbia. She finds the girl's diary and assumes it was swept across the Pacific in a tusami.
The plot it takes us into a very wide range of issues, from Buddist theories on time to a brutal school attack, to teenage prostitution in Japan, to the nature of death and Japan during WWII. This is a fascinating, challenging and complex work of sublime art.
I have on hand Face, a reflective treatise by the author and hope to read it one day.