Still on the theme of math-infused narratives, my former PW HOD introduced me to a book that he found fascinating although he did not fully comprehend the mathematical aspects of it. We had spent much of our acquaintance working together (and sometimes politely disagreeing) to improve the teaching of PW in our school, so, I wasn’t sure whether our taste in books are altogether compatible. But it is rare enough to find a fiction work that wasn’t based on an eccentric, real mathematician so, I was sufficiently intrigued to search out this one.

**Title:** The Housekeeper and the Professor

**Author: **Yoko Ogawa (the version I got was translated from Japanese by Stephen Snyder). It was first published in 2003 but the English language version came out in 2009.

**Plot:** A young, single mother was hired to be the housekeeper of a mathematics professor with anterogarde amnesia, which left him with only eighty minutes worth of memory at any time. (This was the same condition made famous by Drew Barrymore’s film Fifty First Dates, except that Barrymore’s character had 24 hours memory running time.) Despite this, they became acquainted, re-acquainted and re-acquainted as the professor formed enduring connections with both his housekeeper and her young son and they with him.

Initially, when I saw the word ‘amnesia’ jump out of the blurb, I almost put the book back on the shelf. Continue reading