Today is Book Club day... what book was picked.... The Elegance of the Hedgebog by Muriel Barbery.
Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renée passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives.
Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.
This book is a hard read. So hard in fact that I started doing vocabulary lists on my Jane Austen Project Blog... When I wrote this post I had been reading it since Tuesday April 24th and was 55 pages in. Fingers crossed I managed to finish it Saturday in time for book club
EDIT: Book Club was cancelled at last minute... not sure when it will be. I did finish the book by 3 in the afternoon Sunday May 6. I have a massive amount of posts with voca and quotes still posting on my Jane Austen Blog. My Review will post when those posts are complete on May 19, hopefully by then book club will have been schedule so I can get everyone else's thoughts too.