I wondered, at roughly the half-way point, what all the fuss was about with this book. While I was enjoying Paloma's profound thoughts, I was wondering when the author was going to stop "philosophysing" and get on with the story. Then in walked Ozu and I couldn't put the book down. Renée's "blossoming" and Paloma's realizations made it all worthwhile. However, I sure didn't see THAT coming!!!