“Inventive, vivid, and propelled by a sense of wonder.” — TIME. “If you’ve lost your way with fiction over the last year or two, let The Book of Form and Emptiness light your way home.” — David Mitchell. A boy who hears the voices of objects all around him; a mother drowning in her possessions; and a Book that might hold the secret to saving them both—the brilliantly inventive new novel from the Booker Prize-finalist Ruth Ozeki. 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, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous…
Publisher: Penguin Books (September 21, 2021); Pages: 560 pages; ISBN-10: 0399563644; ISBN-13: 978-0399563645; ASIN: B08VW51L98
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Author’s biography: Ruth Ozeki (born March 12, 1956) is an American-Canadian novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. She worked in commercial television and media production for over a decade and made several independent films before turning to writing fiction. Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Latrippi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.