my take: I accidentally started reading this just after finishing our lady of the lost and found and was profoundly annoyed by the tone of the narrator. Too similar. When I realized my error – Hedgehog was for the next month’s book club – I happily quit & replaced on the ‘to read’ pile. When I began re-reading it a month later, I was delighted and captivated by the voices in Hedgehog. Which just goes to show you, timing is everything.

The writing is beauty-full, vocabulary-full, and philosophy-full. I fell in love with the quirky characters and wept at the unexpected ending. Walking through Paris neighborhoods this summer, I was reminded of the characters who live at 7 Rue de Grenelle. They are not easy to forget.

my source: Anne, Book Chicks

my rating: Excellent. Quiet. Worth a try or two.