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The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki

2022 Women's Prize Winner Published: 24th March 2022 After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-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 develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous. At first Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, he falls in love with a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9781784744298
LoveMyRead price: £9.99

Our Curators said...

This bold and heartbreaking book journeys into an array of vibrant subjects to form a riveting plotline populated with haunting characters. It has all the inventive charm of Ozeki's brilliant writing.

The LoveMyRead Team

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What the Critics are Saying

'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

'This compassionate novel of life, love and loss glows in the dark. Its strange, beautiful pages turn themselves. 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

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