Veteran filmmaker Ruth Ozeki's novel has been hailed as one of the heartiest and yes, meatiest debuts in years'. It tells the story of a year in the lives of two ordinary women on opposite ends of the earth, brought together by a convergence of extraordinary circumstances. Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break - a chance to travel through the U.S. to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by an American meat exporting business. But along the way, she discovers some unsavory truths about love, honor, and a particularly damaging hormone called DES that wreaks havoc with her uterus. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones - literally. How Jane's and Akiko's lives intersect taps into some of the deepest concerns of our time - how the past informs the present and how we live and love in an ever-shrinking world.