Imagine interacting with someone whose memory lasts exactly eighty minutes. Such is the dilemma of a single mother who is sent to work for a brilliant but tragically injured mathematician. As Yoko Ogawa’s elegant novel unfolds, a housekeeper and her young son navigate the challenges of this new friendship (for instance, reintroducing themselves each day) but also find themselves connecting through number lessons that are nothing short of poetic. Exquisitely touching, The Housekeeper and the Professor speaks to the beauty of simplicity and to the bonds that mean most. Without a doubt, the proofs of these lessons reach far beyond mere math problems. Update: Now also available in audio.