A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
The Housekeeper is a young, single mother of a 10 year-old boy, struggling to make a decent life for them. Until the age of 47, the Professor was a celebrated math genius; in 1975, he hit his head in an auto accident that caused his short term memory to become like a tape that erased every 80 minutes. When the Housekeeper came to work for him 17 years later, they had to adjust to each other and to the trio they formed when her son—who the Professor named Root—is added to the equation. This simply, beautifully written story is a scant 180 pages long (plus Discussion Questions for book clubs) but The Housekeeper and the Professor sparks a limitless number of thoughts and emotions about memory, family, love, loss, math and…baseball!
Review by Christine