Great Translations: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

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A housekeeper is hired to clean and cook for an elderly Japanese man, a retired mathematics professor who suffered a brain injury. The young woman is a single mom, only child of another single mom. It’s unfortunate she had to drop out to start working full-time before finishing high school because, as the story goes along, we see that she’s better at doing math problems than…

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Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.