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X-Files Star Gillian Anderson: "Witty and touching, this novel features two of my favorite female characters."

Date: Oct 27 2014

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Europa, $15). Witty and touching, this novel features two of my favorite female characters: Renée, the concierge of a Paris apartment building who hides her passion for culture, and the precocious 12-year-old Paloma, who yearns to escape the vapid future laid out for her. As their lives intertwine, both characters learn more about themselves and the world.