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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson

Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renee: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renee lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007 with sales of over 900,000 copies to-date.

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  • Jacqueline B

    I always have a great time with this meetup group. I did not read the book but joing in on the discussion was still great fun

    April 17, 2013

  • Althea P.

    I am sorry to miss this book discussion, however I it is taking me forever to get through the first 100 pages...see u wonderful ladies next month

    April 15, 2013

  • Ellen Shin M.

    I have not yet had the chance to read the book so won't be attending!

    April 13, 2013

  • Joanne & Ken P.

    All the cats in this picture have now passed on. Pee Wee, our nearly 19 yr old cat died a week ago. She was a dedicated lap cat and was good company while I was reading. I know many of you have cats and can relate. I think this book was written by a cat lover, too. Here's to Pee Wee and all the other felines who keep us company while we read.

    April 9, 2013

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