The Housekeeper + The Professor - Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder I know nothing of baseball or maths and I prefer to forget about housekeeping so I doubt that I am part of the target audience for this short novel. Whilst I'm sure that a true mathematical understanding would enrich my life I don't really care to have the basics presented to me in a work of fiction. I didn't find the book beautiful or tender as I had expected, instead I found it a shallow vehicle for the transmission of number theory that irritated rather than enlightened.