Walking on Sunshine

Muriel Barbery – The Elegance of the Hedgehog – 2009/TBR

The Back of the Book: Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building on the Left Bank.  To the residents she is honest, reliable and uncultivated – an ideal concierge.  But Renee has a secret.  Beneath this conventional facade she is passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her self-important employers.

Down in her lodge, Renee is resigned to living a lie; meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid a predictably bourgeois future, and plans to commit suicide on her tirteenth birthday.

Bt the death of one of their privileged neighbours will bring dramatic change to number 7, Rue de Grenelle, altering the course of both their lives forever.

By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual and insightful novel is now an international publishing sensation, with sales of over 2.5 million copies.

Why (and how) I got this book: This book is a subscription gift from New Books Magazine.  I chose it principally because I love the cover!


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