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Title:
The Book of Form and Emptiness
Written by:
Ruth Ozeki 
Read by:
Kerry ShaleRuth Ozeki 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
16 
Duration:
18 hours 54 minutes 
Published:
December 01 2021 
Available Date:
December 01 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781867585879 
Genres:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; General Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Award winning author

Winner Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

A brilliantly inventive new story about loss, growing up and our relationship with things, by the Booker Prize–shortlisted author of A Tale for the Time Being.

After his father dies, Benny Oh finds he can hear objects talking: teapots, marbles and sharpened pencils, babbling in anger or distress. His mother, struggling to support their household alone, starts collecting things to give her comfort. Overwhelmed by the clamour of all the stuff, Benny seeks refuge in the beautiful silence of the public library. There, the objects speak only in whispers. There, he meets a homeless poet and a mesmerising young performance artist. There, a book reaches out to him. Not just any book: his own book. And a very important conversation begins. The Book of Form and Emptiness is about grief, resilience, creativity and psychological difference. It is about the importance of reading, and an observation of the mess consumer culture has got us into. It is an affirmation of the power of community. It is funny, kind, wise, urgent and completely irresistible. If you let it – if you listen – it could change your life.

'Once again, Ozeki has created a masterpiece. Her generous heart, remarkable imagination and brilliant mind light up every page.'
Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

'Heart-breaking and heart-healing – a book to not only keep us absorbed but also to help us think and love and live and listen. No one writes quite like Ruth Ozeki and The Book of Form and Emptiness is a triumph.'
Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time

'Ingenious and touching, A Tale for the Time Being is also highly readable. And interesting: the contrast of cultures is especially well done.'
Phillip Pullman, award winning author of His Dark Materials series