The Party Wall by Catherine LerouxThe Party Wall by Catherine Leroux

The Party Wall

byCatherine Leroux

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS FRANCE-QUEBEC PRIZE

NOMINATED FOR THE QUEBEC BOOKSELLER'S PRIZE

Catherine Leroux's The Party Wall shifts between and ties together stories about pairs joined in surprising ways. A woman learns that she may not be the biological mother of her own son despite having given birth to him; a brother and sister unite, as their mother dies, to search for their long-lost father; two young sisters take a detour home, unaware of the tragedy that awaits; and a political couple-when the husband accedes to power in a post-apocalyptic future state-is shaken by the revelation of their own shared, if equally unknown, history.

Lyrical, intelligent, and profound, The Party Wall is luminously human, a surreally unforgettable journey through the barriers that can both separate us and bring us together.

Catherine Leroux was born in 1979 in the Northern suburbs of Montreal. After holding various jobs she became a journalist and devoted herself to writing. Her first novel, Marche en forêt, was published in February 2011 by Éditions Alto.
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Title:The Party WallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.28 × 5.3 × 0.55 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:BiblioasisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771960760

ISBN - 13:9781771960762

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the read Yes - read it! And perhaps re-read it. Insightful writing (with nothing lost in translation) and intriguing characters.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best this year Extremely well written novel, I wonder if the French original is as smooth as the translation, (wish could compare- unfortunately I can't read French) The style might not be for everyone as it is almost short stories, but its is worth it! . Best to go into this without reading anything about it as it will spoil the adventure and mystery. I had to read it a second time right after, it woo-ed me so much !!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book club read Not my favourite writing style (a little disjointed) but a very interesting read. It makes you think "what would I do" in that situation - a very introspective read!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase #plumreview great receipes
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Prose This book was a delight. The writing here was exceptional and the characters were well-developed.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This was easily the best thing that I read in 2016. The writing was taught and vivid. A writer at the top of her craft and an exceptional translation from French to English.
Date published: 2016-11-03

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Praise for The Party Wall"Catherine Leroux writes with a startling grace. Her vision is clear-eyed and true, her heart is as big as sky and bay. The Party Wall's mothers, orphans, Olympians and prime ministers seem like living, breathing people. And they reveal, beat by beat, that the things that divide us also knit us together."-Sean Michaels, author of the Giller Prize winning Us Conductors"Initially, The Party Wall reads like a collection of linked stories; past the halfway mark, however, it reveals itself as something more intricate and cumulative ... A surprising, carefully structured novel that for English readers will bring to mind David Mitchell, this feels much more expansive than its page count."?The Globe and Mail"... full of insightful passages, dynamic characters and surprising situations. The Party Wall is a searching investigation of familial ties of biology and biography and the complex ways in which self-discovery affects our relationships."?The Winnipeg Review"Impressive ... A great part of the pleasure of The Party Wall comes from realizing that things are not as we-and the characters-believed them to be ... A sensitively handled examination of people, relationships, and above all of fascinating questions of genetics and biology that are usually broached only in tabloids or gossip."-J.C. Sutcliffe, Full Stop"Catherine Leroux presents four narratives whose characters, at first glance, are far removed from each other physically, socially, and spiritually. Each is involved in a quest for a parent or a resolution with a family member that will reaffirm and define his or her own identity. When Leroux does establish connections among her characters, she deftly demonstrates the way in which humanity is interdependent and connected, no matter the walls erected to keep people out or in. Leroux's characters, in such familiar situations, are well-defined and more than worthy of our sympathy."-Mary Fran Buckley, Eight Cousins (Falmouth, MA)"Intricate and multi-layered, The Party Wall reflects how interconnected the world can be. I don?t have the words to do this book justice. Just read it-the ending will deliver; I promise."-Valerie Welbourn, Novels & Novelties Bookstore (Hendersonville, NC)"In The Party Wall, a thinking person?s book, interesting and disparate pairs of characters all eventually link together in a meaningful way. Politics in Canada plays a part, but there are so many other compelling scenes that make the novel hard to put down. The style and the characters are unique."-Sarajane Giddings, Blue Door Books (Cedarhurst, NY)