The Party Wall
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The award-winning novel by Catherine Leroux was Inspired by true stories, these tales explore a very particular kind of space—the space between brothers and sisters. The titular “common wall” serves as both a shared structure and a bulwark between each pair of siblings. For Simon and Carmen, it’s a space that grows wider after the death of their mother and the revelation that they are not, in fact, related. With young Monette and Angie, sisterly love leads to staggering sacrifice when Angie throws herself under a train to save her little sister’s life. The wall comes crumbling down when husband and wife Ariel and Marie discover that they are twins separated at birth. Finally, the partition is completely obliterated when Madeleine learns that she possesses two distinct sets of DNA—that she is, in fact, is two people (herself and her twin). At the heart of each story are the same questions: what defines a family? How can identities be built on ever-shifting grounds? How does one learn to soldier on through earthquakes and train wrecks? In development as a limited television series, this book was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2016.
The best-selling debut novel by Sean Michaels is a beautiful, haunting story inspired by the true life and loves of the famed Russian inventor, musician and spy Lev Sergeyvich Termen – creator of the theremin.
Us Conductors takes us from the glamour of Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union. On a ship steaming its way from Manhattan back to Leningrad, Lev Termen writes a letter to his “one true love”, telling her the story of his life. Imprisoned in his cabin, he recalls his early years as a scientist, forging breakthroughs in Saint Petersburg, and the pivotal decade he lived as a Manhattan celebrity and reluctant Soviet spy. Against a backdrop of Prohibition and the 1929 Crash, Lev spends his days in a workshop, building mechanical marvels, and his nights in Harlem dance-halls, jostling with band leaders and falling head over heels for Clara, a beautiful young violinist. Us Conductors won the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2014. Currently in development.
The Day Between
The Day Between tells the story of siblings, Caitlin and Kevin who, though they share the same parents, exist in separate worlds inextricably linked by tragedy. In Caitlin’s universe, she was conceived out of grief—a replacement baby for her mother to hold after her brother’s death. Kevin’s death has cast a shadow over everything including Caitlin’s attempt to follow in their father’s footsteps as a writer. In Kevin’s world, there was no incident and he has no sister, only a semi-successful career, an obsession with weight and exercise, and a tepid relationship with his parents. But as Caitlin sets out to translate her father’s bestselling novel, a memoir detailing a family tragedy, Kevin creeps into her dreams and her life. As Kevin and Caitlin’s fates blend and their concept of reality becomes suspect, we too begin to lose our sense of what is real. The Day Between is a love story, a ghost story, and a psychological drama about how a single event can change the course of one family’s story, or split it into two. Currently in development.