Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This dark but redemptive novel shows the transformation of two tenants of a French apartment building. A fifty four year old concierge; cultured, intelligent, and philosophical, scrutinizes the lives of the tenents she serves. A twelve year old “supersmart” tenent is contemplating committing suicide on her thirteenth birthday. They both hide their talents and finest qualities from the world until a new tenent moves into the building and brings them together. The result is often humorous, heartbreakingly sad, and hopeful.
You can find this book in the library at Call Number FICTION BARBERY in with the new books.