A young housekeeper is hired to care for an 80-year-old genius Math professor with anterograde amnesia. A peculiar and unhurried friendship develops between the professor and the housekeeper. Nothing really happens, but plenty happens. The whole book is a first-rate example of an elegantly told story, each thread gently and simply woven to create a strong narrative. Reading Ogawa is like casting a net into the darkness of a calm lake, feeling invisible currents tug at you, and drawing out gems again and again. I lost myself in this.