The Book of Form & Emptiness

The Book of Form & Emptiness

Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2022

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When a book and a reader are meant for each other, both of them know it . . .

After the tragic death of his father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house and sound variously pleasant, angry or sad. Then his mother develops a hoarding problem, and the voices grow more clamorous. So Benny seeks refuge in the silence of a large public library. There he meets a mesmerising street artist with a smug pet ferret; a homeless philosopher-poet; and his very own Book, who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.

Blending unforgettable characters with jazz, climate change and our attachment to material possessions, this is classic Ruth Ozeki - bold, humane and heartbreaking.

Book information

ISBN: 9781838855277
Publisher: Canongate Books
Imprint: Canongate
Pub date:
Edition: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2022
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 3992
Number of pages: 550
Weight: 376g
Height: 132mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 53mm