By Signe Predmore
Northwest Asian Weekly
It wasn’t until disaster struck that Japanese American author Ruth Ozeki’s latest, critically acclaimed novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” truly came to life. She had struggled with an earlier version of the story since 2006, eventually completing what she thought was the final version in 2011.
“It just wasn’t a very good book, but at least I finished it. I was ready to send it in,” Ozeki said.
Then the Tohoku earthquake hit Japan, followed by the tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. Ozeki had lived in Japan as a young woman and has family and friends there. She was glued to the television set. Read the full story