In Tokyo, 16 year old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a lunchbox. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago--and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire,
'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart - Traces the author’s experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits, and his initial forays into a literary career. Recommended by: Lisa Caputo, Assistant Library Director