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The Lady of the Walls
  • The sincere and touching story of the love between a girl and her grandmother

  • An original plot that immerses us in European history in the Soviet era
  • Poignant testimony about the many walls that still keep people apart
Paul Beorn, Silène Edgar
The Lady of the Walls
(La Dame des Murs)
Type
Middle-Grade
Word count
52,000 words
All rights available

Immersing herself in her grandmother's memories, a young girl magically relives history

Mara Galanta is The Lady of the Walls, an opera singer who sprang to fame when she sang at the Berlin Wall in 1972. Ever since that wondrous moment, people from across the world have been writing to her to tell her about their own walls. Mara is rebellious, rich, and talented. She is also a careless, irritable, and lonely old lady.

Her granddaughter Emma ​​inherited her artistic sensibility and her impetuosity. While trying to establish her own identity, she grows curious about her grandmother's past, and organises a trip to Mara's homeland, Latvia, which she fled at the age of 18 when it came under Soviet dictatorship. The Iron Curtain has long since fallen, but Mara has never returned. And she never talks about her native land.

Emma is determined to uncover her secrets, but little does she know that a mysterious old woman and a little magic will take them on a journey through time and history that will rekindle long dormant memories.

  • The sincere and touching story of the love between a girl and her grandmother

  • An original plot that immerses us in European history in the Soviet era
  • Poignant testimony about the many walls that still keep people apart

About the author

Paul Beorn
Paul Beorn grew up listening to his parents read Tolkien and Roald Dahl to his elder siblings. At the age of five he vowed to become a writer himself – ideally a good one – of stories that make people laugh and cry. He has become a multi-award-winning author (he’s won the Prix Imaginales...
Silène Edgar
La Rochelle, Paris, Tahiti: Silène Edgar has knocked around all over the map. These days, she leads the life of a middle-school French teacher, a book reviewer, and a writer with several novels already to her name