The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis (2013). This National Book Award winner deserves its place on this prestigious prize list. The book is not for the faint hearted. It is set in Haiti and the legacy of its war. It is 'an agonizing portraitof two wrecked human beings' who are left wondering how and why their lives were so totally devastated.
Six-year-old Jean-Luc LaPointe, his little sister, and his spirited but vulnerable young mother have been abandoned—again—by his father, a charming con artist. With no money and nowhere else to go, the LaPointes create a fragile nest in a tenement building at 238 North Pearl Street in Albany, New York. For the next eight years, through the Great Depression and Second World War, they live in the heart of the Irish slum.
Book discussion at the Temple Terrace Public Library March 5th, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Check out these sample discussion questions: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/13-fiction/9172-tale-for-the-time-being-ozeki?start=3