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For Muriel Barbery, It's Elves Who Are Elegant Now

Author: Alexandra Alter
Newspaper, blog or website: The New York Times
Date: Feb 19 2016
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/20/books/for-muriel-barbery-its-elves-who-are-elegant-now.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone&_r=0

For hedgehog lovers, the title of Muriel Barbery’s 2006 global best seller, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” was a bit of a tease. The titular hedgehog is allegorical and never appears in the prickly flesh.

Her new novel, “The Life of Elves,” fully delivers on its title. Ms. Barbery unleashes a complete magical menagerie, a kaleidoscopic cast that includes not only elves but also unicorns; a giant squirrel; a fantastical, shape-shifting wild boar; and an otter with a human face.

Read the full profile in the New York Times.