The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

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… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia & body-shaming
  • Sexual assault of a minor
  • Disordered eating
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Terminal cancer
  • Death of a father
  • Bullying
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