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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Genre: Fiction – General
Year of Publication: 2006
Approximate Page Count: 359 pages
Summary: This book takes place in Paris, France and features three very different, yet very alike characters. Renée conforms to every stereotype of the concierge - fat, cantankerous, addicted to television - yet, unbeknownst to her employers, she adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. There's also Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius who has decided to end her life on her 13th birthday on June 16th. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
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