Publication Date: December 2008
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2009 Indie Notables
“Amelie Nothomb, an utterly winning and charming young author, has given us a delightful clash of cultures in the dating world, a light, quick, good-hearted plunge into the heart of Japan, from the perspective of a young Belgian girl who takes up teaching French there.”
-- Nick DiMartino, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Here is an elegantly written love story with humor, intelligence, and autobiographical honesty, translated from the French. You will find yourself clinging to the words as well as the story.”
-- Sandra Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Amlie is a young language teacher living in Tokyo. When she succumbs to the attentions of a student--the shy, wealthy, and oh-so-Japanese Rinri--the lovers find themselves swept along by an affair that is as unusual as it is tender.