RenÃ©e is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building on the Left Bank. To the residents she is honest, reliable and uncultivated ? an ideal concierge. But RenÃ©e has a secret. Beneath this conventional faÃ§ade she is a passionate autodidact, and more truly cultured than many of her self-important employers. Down in her lodge, RenÃ©e is resigned to living a lie; meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid a predictably bourgeois future, and plans to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday. But the death of one of their privileged neighbours will bring dramatic change to number 7, Rue de Grenelle, altering the course of both their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual and insightful novel has sold 2.5 million copies in French and is now an international publishing sensation.