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Elegance of the Hedgehog, The

By: Barbery, Muriel
Price: $15.00

Europa Editions, New York, 2006-2010. Translated from the French, and set in a residence hotel in Paris, this is the story of the hotel's concierge, a dowdy woman who is not as she appears. She is an autodidact, an expert in art, literature, philosophy, and Japanese culture. Her interactions with the hotel's residents and the other laborers such as herself give the book a deep meaning. Great bookclub book. Paperback, 325 pages.