Housekeeper and the Professor (Paperback)
February 2009 Indie Next List
“Set in Japan, Yoko Ogawa's novel tells the story of a housekeeper and her son, and how they are drawn into the world of a brilliant professor of mathematics with severe memory impairment. A beautiful, tender novel.”
— Lisa Stefanacci, The Book Works, Del Mar, CA
Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“A young, single mother is dispatched by her agency as the tenth housekeeper to try to meet the unusual demands of tending house for a mathematics professor who's suffered a serious brain injury. She not only manages to meet the challenge, but she discovers a beautiful new world for herself and her son through their unique relationship with this extraordinary man. A very tender and absolutely delightful story!”
— Linda Findlay, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
He is a brilliant math professor, with a peculiar problem--since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young housekeeper with a 10-year-old son who is hired to care for the professor. Between them, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms.
About the Author
Yoko Ogawa's fiction has appeared in "The New Yorker," "A Public Space, "and "Zoetrope. "Since 1988 she has published more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, and has won every major Japanese literary award.