The Gift Of Numbers : A Novel

The Gift Of Numbers : A Novel

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A single mother and housekeeper takes a new job in the home of an aging professor and mathematical genius who, as the victim of a mysterious accident, cannot remember anything for longer than eighty minutes and who develops a unique and moving friendship with the woman and her ten-year-old son, Root. Original. 35,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Winner of the Yomiuri Literature Prize
Winner of the Honya Taisho (The Booksellers Prize)
Winner of the Sugaku Shuppan-Sho (from the Japanese Academy of Mathematics)
A Japan Foundation Selection

A publishing phenomenon in Japan--and a heartwarming story that will change the way we all see math, baseball, memory, and each other She is a housekeeper by trade, a single mom by choice, shy, brilliant, and starting a new tour of duty in the home of an aging professor. He is the professor, a mathematical genius, capable of limitless kindness and intuitive affection, but the victim of a mysterious accident that has rendered him unable to remember anything for longer than eighty minutes. Root, the housekeeper's ten-year-old son, combines his mother's sympathy with a sensitive curiosity all his own. Over the course of a few months in 1992, these three develop a profoundly affecting friendship, based on a shared love of mathematics and baseball, that will change each of their lives permanently. Chosen as the most popular book in Japan by readers and booksellers alike, The Gift of Numbers is Yoko Ogawa's first novel to be published in English, and in the U.S.


Holtzbrinck
Winner of the Yomiuri Literature Prize
Winner of the Honya Taisho (The Booksellers Prize)
Winner of the Sugaku Shuppan-Sho (from the Japanese Academy of Mathematics)
A Japan Foundation Selection

A publishing phenomenon in Japan--and a heartwarming story that will change the way we all see math, baseball, memory, and each other She is a housekeeper by trade, a single mom by choice, shy, brilliant, and starting a new tour of duty in the home of an aging professor. He is the professor, a mathematical genius, capable of limitless kindness and intuitive affection, but the victim of a mysterious accident that has rendered him unable to remember anything for longer than eighty minutes. Root, the housekeeper's ten-year-old son, combines his mother's sympathy with a sensitive curiosity all his own. Over the course of a few months in 1992, these three develop a profoundly affecting friendship, based on a shared love of mathematics and baseball, that will change each of their lives permanently. Chosen as the most popular book in Japan by readers and booksellers alike, The Gift of Numbers is Yoko Ogawa's first novel to be published in English, and in the U.S.


ISBN: 9780312425975
031242597X

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