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 The Housekeeper and the Professor

by Yoko Ogawa

"By the standards of conventional melodrama, nothing much happens in the novel. . . . Still, as the professor will tell you, and the housekeeper and her son will discover, the opposite is true. This is one of those books written in such lucid, unpretentious language that reading it is like looking into a deep pool of clear water. But even in the clearest waters can lurk currents you don't see until you are in them. Dive into Yoko Ogawa's world (she is the author of more than 20 works of fiction and nonfiction) and you find yourself tugged by forces more felt than seen." -- New York Times Book Review