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The Party Wall

The Party Wall Selected for Indies Introduce Summer Fall Catherine Leroux s first novel translated into English brilliantly by Lazer Lederhendler ties together stories about siblings joined in surprising ways

  • Title: The Party Wall
  • Author: Catherine Leroux Lazer Lederhendler
  • ISBN: 9781771960762
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected for Indies Introduce Summer Fall 2016Catherine 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 speedingSelected for Indies Introduce Summer Fall 2016Catherine 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.

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    1. Krista on said:

      Family ties are a matter of biography and not biology.The Party Wall is one of those books that works best if you go into it absolutely cold, with no idea what it might be about. As a result, I don't know what to say that wouldn't serve as a spoiler. I will say that, just by glancing at the book's table of contents, one will note that it is broken up into sections which focus on two characters each: three sets of the characters having two long chapters each, and one set of characters having seve [...]

    2. Allison on said:

      I'm sorry, I just didn't like it. In fact, it got worse and worse and worse. I don't remember where I got the recommendation to read this book, but I was excited to buy it new, get it into my hands. And then it just got stranger and stranger with each progressive page. I found the whole novel (?), collection (?) cold, odd, and even creepy. It completely failed to suck me in and get me invested. There were parts that were like a train wreck -- literally and figuratively -- and so yes, I kept read [...]

    3. CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian on said:

      Fascinating concepts (a pair of twins is adopted separately and unknowingly end up marrying each other; a mother discovers she doesn't have the same DNA as the son she gave birth to) but this never really grabbed me. I think the characterization is lacking. Also, the voice felt cold and removed. It's interesting to wonder if this is an effect of the French to English translation or if this is an accurate representation of her French prose, but as far as my experience goes it doesn't really matte [...]

    4. Julie lit pour les autres on said:

      Lecteur, lectrice, sois patient.e. Accepte de prendre le bout de laine que l'auteure place entre tes doigts et laisse-la dérouler son écheveau. Fais-lui confiance. Parce quand tu réaliseras la subtilité de ce qu'elle est en train de tricoter, tu réaliseras que que cette auteure est douée pour écrire l'universel et le plus grand que soi. Celui-là, je le suggérerais à celui ou celle qui aime les histoires où il n'y a pas de hasard.

    5. Kimbofo on said:

      “I guess we’ll never really understand where we come from.” So says one of the characters in Catherine Leroux’s The Party Wall, a quote that basically sums up the entire premise of this Giller Prize shortlisted book.In this complex, multi-layered story — or set of stories bound together by common themes and characters who are connected with one another — there is a strong focus on kinship, biological parentage and the ties that bind siblings together.Reviewing the book in any great d [...]

    6. Mj on said:

      While The Party Wall is marketed as a debut fiction by author Catherine Leroux, it seems to be a collection of short stories. The reviews I read were mixed and the ratings ran the gamut from 1 star to 5 stars from ’ readers I follow and whose opinions I respect. I wasn’t sure what to expect but my interest was piqued and I began to read in the very best way – with absolutely zero expectations.I enjoyed The Party Wall. I thought the writing was fresh, crisp and filled with great feeling, nu [...]

    7. ❀ Susan G on said:

      ayearofbooksblog/2016/11/As the Scotiabank Giller prize announcement looms, I am still reading through the 6 short-listed books. The Party Wall is my 4th of the 6 books that I am trying to finish before the Monday November 7th announcement of the winner. It was written by Catherine Leroux in French and translated by Laser Lederhendler. This book has kept me scratching my head and puzzling over the timing and relationships of the intertwined stories of 4 sets of siblings. It is unique, complex an [...]

    8. Suze on said:

      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 [...]

    9. Tara on said:

      I read this books as part of my challenge to read the Giller Long List from 2016. I had no idea what the book was about prior to reading it so really, had no preconceived notions. Within the first 20 pages, I knew I was going to love this book and I did. The connections between the characters are complicated and, near the end of the book, I found myself drawing a diagram so I could visualize the connections. This book will stay with me for quite a while, I believe, as will its characters.

    10. Tricia Dower on said:

      Inventive but disappointing for a Giller finalist. I felt the links between the stories were forced and not logical.

    11. Elizabeth on said:

      L'écriture est ce qui sauve ce roman, à mon avis. J'ai pas été impressionné par l'histoire, notamment les derniers chapitres.

    12. Nancy Whited on said:

      At the very end of the book, Ms. Leroux added a prologue where she explains where she found the characters in this book. I understand that she tried to intertwine the stories in that "we are all related", however it felt like 3 separate stories and she was interested in writing about each of them, so chose all three and tried to link them. Having said that, her writing is quite good. I just wished she would have developed more of the characters a little fuller. She wrote quite a long chapter, ne [...]

    13. Mireille on said:

      J'ai aimé ça pis pas. (J'ai de la misère à lire de la littérature "blanche" ces temps-ci.) Les trois histoires plus longues étaient très réussies, mais le format où on change d'histoire au moment où ça semble le plus intéressant (et en passant par Angie et Monette, qui m'intéressaient zéro) m'a gossée. Même si ça permet à la fin de faire des liens entre toutes les histoires, ce que j'aime toujours pas mal.L'écriture était très belle, par contre, et les personnages très bien [...]

    14. Jennifer on said:

      Beautiful use of language and a compelling story of a range of human experiences.

    15. Pamela on said:

      (view spoiler)[The stories weave and connect, weave and spin, diverge, connect, come together, and then part. Brilliant. And so it ENDS with the ones who began it all."THE SISTERS IN THE WALLS(MONETTER AND ANGIE)Amid the tumultof sirens and tourniquets, Angie sees nothing. Not the movement of the stretcher, not the comings and goings of the paramedics, not the great absence below her knees. She does not hear Monette sobbing in the arms of a policeman, or the neighbour saying how to get in touch [...]

    16. Totochelamouche on said:

      "Travailler tous les jours pour une cause qu'on a soi-même définie, dans les conditions qu'on a choisies constitue une forme de victoire []""C'est l'avantage de survivre à l'apocalypse: il ne reste plus rien à protéger et à craindre.""Chaque lueur, chaque bruissement devenait celui d'un monstre tapi dans la nuit du Mojave, prêt à l'enlever, à l'autopsier, à sonder la bêtise de son corps d'humain, de son cerveau harnaché à des buts désespérément vains.""Il compte les renards et le [...]

    17. Eva on said:

      Un autre ecrivain quebecois. Le mur mitoyen a trois/quatre histoires qui sont vaguement reliees. Decouvrir ces liens fait partie dy mystere mais pas important. Chaque part raconte une histoire de liens familiaux - de maternite, de fraternite, d'origine inconnue - avec un "twist". Ils sont aussi des histoires sur des debouts et des fins. J'ai suis pas un fan de histoires courtes ou de livres avec d'histoires trop separees, parce que c'est difficile a suivre et attacher a tous les different protag [...]

    18. Ann-Marie on said:

      The Giller prize finalist stamp was what drew me to this book. A very Canadian read (with time placements based on historical events ie: opening of the Confederation bridge), translated from a French, a series of stories split up to showcase their connection. Honestly, it was a bit of a bizarre read with many characters and divided stories but it was also beautiful. The undercurrent theme of family, particularly sibling relationships, is worth digging into. Likely, this book will be polarizing, [...]

    19. Susie on said:

      Six étoiles!!!Ce livre est fantastique! Catherine Leroux nous raconte les vies de toutes sortes de personnes entre qui des lien inconnus sont tissés. Le thème de la famille (et de l'adoption) s'insinue dans les vies de chacun. On parle des hasards qui dirigent nos vie. Est-ce qu'Édouard a raison de penser qu'il est malade parce qu'il a choisi de fuir plutôt que d'aider? De qui Édouard reçoit-il un poumon? Que peut déchirer un amour aussi profond que celui d'Ariel et Marie? Qui est Eva?

    20. Lynn on said:

      It's difficult to describe The Party Wall without sharing details the reader needs to discover for themselves. This is a beautifully written book with paragraphs that could be read over and over to discern their meaning. Essentially, there are four pairs of people whose stories will unfold. The connections between them will be subtle and revealing. Catherine Leroux's imaginative storytelling will stay with me. Highly recommended for lovers of literary fiction.

    21. Msm on said:

      I very much liked Leroux's writing style but cannot say I enjoyed reading this book. Interesting structure but cannot say it held together well and was at the expense of my emotional engagement with the characters. Ultimately I found the intersecting story lines took on a bizarre and rather desolate tone that was disturbing.

    22. Caroline Mimeault on said:

      Malheureusement je n'ai pas aimé ce livre et j'en suis bien triste J'ai apprécié la plume de l'auteure et quelques unes des surprises mais je ne comprends pas pourquoi tant de tristesse, rage et déception étaient nécessaires aux histoires Je n'ai peut-être simplement pas compris l'aspect artistique et littéraire de l'oeuvre.

    23. John on said:

      Interesting book of serial short stories following seemingly disparate characters, at different locations and points in time, who turn out to be tangentially connected. Sad things happen to the characters, but they have a humanity and resilience that makes their journeys compelling.

    24. Tessa on said:

      Une très belle écriture doublée d'intrigues bien ficelées. Les 4 nouvelles s'enchevêtrent avec fluidité, donnant un sens de plus en plus prégnant à l'ensemble du discours, au fur et à mesure de la lecture. Une belle découverte chez les auteurs québécois. À suivre

    25. Karine P on said:

      J'ai beaucoup aimé. Les nombreux personnages ont tous une aura de mystère et c'est un plaisir de lire quand tout s'imbrique ensemble. Vers la fin, j'étais un peu mêlée de tous les liens entre les personnages, j'ai donc fait un graphique pour bien démêler le tout!

    26. Marilyn Boyle-Taylor on said:

      Quite a wonderful and original book. I did have to follow the thread of the stories as three lines, rather than intertwining them , as the author presented, but still the resonances between characters and themes was strong and clear. I definitely recommend this book.

    27. Margarita on said:

      Leroux's writing is vivid and precise. Her compilation of interconnected short stories and vignettes comes together nicely through a series of memorable scenes and fulsomely drawn characters. Stylistically striking, pockets of her writing stuck with me long after I had finished the read.

    28. Joyce on said:

      Every time I thought I figured the story out & saw the ties between characters it went a different way or no way. Stories were interesting but can't say I enjoyed it.

    29. Laura on said:

      This book. I don't even know what to say about this book, this story, other than you simply have to read it. Stunningly beautiful in every way.

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