What a wonderful story. A young Jewish boy in Paris meets a Muslim grocery store owner. The two of them enter a father-son like relationships. A simple story, quite an easy read, as well. And yet, there is so much to this. Wonderful language, a lot of wisdom from both the religions. Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt manages to put that all together and create a very compassionate story.
I read this book in the French original but I've heard the translation is quite good, too.
I later read "Oscar and the Lady in Pink" (Oscar et la dame rose) and liked this just as much.