Author Muriel Barbery struck gold with The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a book that became a bestseller. In her latest novel to be translated into English, A Single Rose, Barbery exhibits the same delicate prose while also exhibiting an extraordinary appreciation for Japan. The novel concerns the grief and loss of a woman’s father and the culture-shock that transpires as she flies to Japan to tend to her father’s will and last wishes. A surprising romance for Paul, her father’s assistant, and Japanese culture blossoms as Barbery guides readers through a tour of Japan.
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