Because I have spent an entire month discussing Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery with all the lovelies who participate in the book club (hosted by me & Allison), I’m going to sum it up here quickly.
Renee is a concierge at a condominium building in France. She’s super smart, but since she was born poor and doesn’t have a formal education, she spends her life tricking her residents into thinking she’s dull. This works. . . for a while.
Then we have a teenage girl who is going to commit suicide but only after she gets all of her amazingly intelligent thoughts out on paper.
Soon, a condo sells and a new resident moves in and shakes things up.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a fantastic read, one that I believe must be read more than once to truly understand all of the nuances.
It reminds me a lot of A Tale for the Time Being, so if you enjoyed Elegance, pick that one up next!
Have you ever pretended to be something that you’re not?