The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Having seen several reviews of Muriel Barbery's book, The Elegance of the Hedgehog I thought it sounded interesting and I put it on my PaperBackSwap wish list. Then a friend recently read it and urged me to get a copy. Finally, several weeks ago our local book club chose it as the March selection to read and discuss.
While it was not an "unputdownable" book for me, it still was one I enjoyed reading. There are not many books with a middle-aged woman character who seems real, and is not doing something silly or sensational. I thought it was a very philosophical novel, but not in a self-conscious or obvious way (as I think Sophie's World could be characterized).
I was surprised by the book's ending, but not displeased with it.
I'm looking forward to hearing what the ladies of the book club think of it.