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THE STARS (working title)

Jacques Goldstyn

  • Original Title: LES ÉTOILES
  • Publication date: November 2019
  • Publisher: EDITIONS DE LA PASTèQUE
  • Country: CA
  • 64 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, Accepting differences, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Child, Intolerance

Pitch

Yakov is a little Jewish boy from the working-class, multicultural neighborhood of Mile End in Montreal. One day, at the park, he meets Aicha, who soon becomes his soul sister. But their fathers are very much against this improper friendship. Aicha is Muslim, Yakov is Jewish, and their paths cannot align.

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Translation rights sold: World Spanish

Jacques Goldstyn was born and raised in Montreal. He became a geologist and went off to work in gold mines in Abitibi and in the petroleum industry in Alberta. For many years now, his work has been drawing cartoons for Les Débrouillards and Les Explorateurs, science youth magazines in French Canada. His book L'ARBRAGAN was awarded the Prix Sorcières 2016 in the "First Reads" category.

Summary

Yakov is a little Jewish boy from the working-class, multicultural neighborhood of Mile End in Montreal. His father wants him to take over in the family shop (selling Ashkenazi delicatessen), his mother is more open to dreams, and Yakov passionately dreams of becoming a scientist, or an astronaut, an astrophysicist or an engineer, because he is fond of the sky, the stars and all its wonders. One day, at the park, he notices some cute feet peeking from under a book. It’s a girl, a pretty one, and she is reading a book on astronomy. Aicha soon becomes Yakov's soul sister. She also needs to watch over her little siblings, so the two children start meeting at the park, talking about their passion and sharing phantasies. They go eat bagels and ice-cream together, they look for more books at the library, and meet at night in Aicha’s yard to watch the sky. But their fathers are very much against this improper friendship. Aicha is Muslim, Yakov is Jewish, and their paths cannot align. Aicha moves away and for years the two protagonists don’t see each other. Yakov grows up and becomes a physician. At an international conference he bumps into Aicha. They won’t part again.

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  • Author’s biography

    Jacques Goldstyn was born and raised in Montreal. His father taught him how to draw and he drew all the time. Every single day. He then studied seriously, became a geologist and went off to work in gold mines in Abitibi and in the petroleum industry in Alberta. But then, one day, he started to draw again. For many years now, his work has been drawing cartoons for Les Débrouillards and Les Explorateurs, science youth magazines in French Canada. He also writes and illustrates stories for kids age six to 106.