L'élégance du hérisson
romanBook - 2006 | French
Renée is short, ugly, and plump. Her only genuine attachment is to her cat, Leo. She is everything society expects from a concierge at a bourgeois building in a posh Parisian neighborhood. But Renée has a secret: she is a ferocious autodidact who furtively devours art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With biting humor she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants -- her inferiors in every way except that of material wealth. Then there's Paloma, a super-smart twelve-year-old who lives on the fifth floor. Talented, precocious, and startlingly lucid, she has decided to end her own life on the day of her thirteenth birthday. Until then, she will continue hiding her extraordinary intelligence behind a mask of mediocrity. Paloma and Renée discover their kindred souls when a new tenant arrives, a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu. He befriends Paloma and is able to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the mysterious event that has haunted her since childhood.
Publisher: [Paris, France] : Gallimard, c2006
Description: 359 p. ; 21 cm
Branch Call Number: FR Barb