The Party Wall

The Party Wall

Book - 2016
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Shortlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize

Selected for Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2016

Catherine Leroux's first novel, translated into English brilliantly by Lazer Lederhendler, ties together stories about siblings joined in surprising ways. A woman learns that she absorbed her twin sister's body in the womb and that she has two sets of DNA; a girl in the deep South pushes her sister out of the way of a speeding train, losing her legs; and a political couple learn that they are non-identical twins separated at birth. The Party Wall establishes Leroux as one of North America's most intelligent and innovative young authors.

Catherine Leroux was born in 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, where she continues to live and write.

Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781771960762
1771960760
Branch Call Number: FIC LEROUX 2016
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lederhendler, Lazer

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May 19, 2017

This is a beautifully written book. The tight, poetic images and concisely chosen diction sings to me. Like admiring a painting that speaks to your soul. Leroux loads insightful philosophic nuggets into her characters’ minds effortlessly. Essentially this is a collection of four different novellas and I appreciated the shared general theme of close family groupings. But I’m confused about why Leroux chose to splice the stories and structure them intermingled. The very brief appearance of one character in another’s story at an elapsed time hardly seems significant, unless to say the obvious: “and life goes on”. The structure is reminiscent of David Mitchell’s "Cloud Atlas".

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molly
Jan 04, 2017

One of the five finalists for the Giller prize. I am loving this.
Her writing is amazing.

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