March 29, 2023


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Ruth Ozeki: How the Japanese earthquake shook this novel to its core

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ruth-ozekiMore than four years after she wrote the first paragraph in late 2006, Ruth Ozeki was preparing to submit the manuscript for what would be her third novel. The story had two protagonists: a Japanese girl who was keeping a diary, and a stranger who was reading it.

Then in March, 2011, a devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan.

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