Ruth Ozeki On 'The Book of Form and Emptiness' And Hearing Voices : NPR's Book of the Day If these walls could talk... what might they say to the chairs? In Ruth Ozeki's novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, 13-year-old Benny Oh starts hearing things talk to him after the loss of his father. As he navigates his grief, it's his conversations with books that guide him through.

Hearing Voices From 'The Book of Form and Emptiness'

Hearing Voices From 'The Book of Form and Emptiness'

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If these walls could talk... what might they say to the chairs? In Ruth Ozeki's novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, 13-year-old Benny Oh starts hearing things talk to him after the loss of his father. As he navigates his grief, it's his conversations with books that guide him through.

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