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The Party Wall (Le mur mitoyen)



Original Language: French (Canada) | 337 pp. | September 2013

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish rights.

Rights sold: Canada (Biblioasis, WEL), France (Denoel)

Full English translation available

Winner of the Prix France-Québec 2014.

Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016.

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from French-Canadian can be funded by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles.


Madeleine talks to herself, even when she is in the company of others. Ariel and Marie’s defenses break down when they hold hands for the first time. Simon and Carmen attempt, between two earthquakes, to find out the truth from their mother about their existence, while Angie and Monette unknowingly forge connections between each character.

A choral novel carried by musical and evocative language, The Party Wall unfurls four entangled stories that transport us from the eastern coast of Canada to California and the Southern United States, stories that are so beautiful they can only be true. Praised since the release of her first novel (La marche en forêt), Catherine Leroux has already demonstrated the maturity of an accomplished and original writer.