In 2001, the skeleton of a woman is found in the woods surrounding the [then] Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Despite a thorough investigation involving the hospital’s records, a reconstitution of the woman’s face, several missing person appeals, DNA tests, and an analysis of the deceased’s hair revealing where she’d lived, and how she ate, it was impossible to find out who that woman was. She was dubbed Madame Victoria, put into a box in an evidence room, and once again forgotten.
Praise for Catherine Leroux
“…superbly crafted…Leroux skillfully reveals the inner worlds of her achingly human characters and the intricate bonds that connect them to each other. Images from this beautiful and moving book will haunt readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“…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
“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
“A revelation… an emotionally affecting, intellectually stimulating examination of separation and connection.”—Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette