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The Housekeeper and the Professor

A Novel

by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor
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    Feb 2009, 192 pages

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Memory, mathematics, baseball and family are delicately entwined in this touching, tender novel

Upon meeting the tenth housekeeper hired to care for him, the Professor launches into a math lesson on magical numbers, focusing on the special prime numbers. Rather than being annoyed or intimidated like the others, the Housekeeper becomes intrigued, determined to make the relationship work. She draws the Professor out, asking him to explain his ideas, and he blossoms further when her young son begins to visit with him after school. Since the Professor's memory constantly dissolves, the introductions begin anew every morning and each day is an opportunity to create a new relationship.

The title characters are known to the reader only by their professions, and the symbolic anonymity adds to ...

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