Artist and writer Juman Malouf has brought plenty of whimsical worlds to the screen, working as a set and costume designer on Wes Anderson films like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom. But her debut novel, The Trilogy of Two (out Nov. 10), is the first time she’s created a world of her own with words and illustrations.
Identical twins Charlotte and Sonja were found as babies on a doorstep: Now, they live and work in a traveling circus, playing beautiful music. But lately, something’s been going on when they get lost in their playing: Rain clouds appear under the circus tent, soaking the audience. Hundreds of chairs holding crowd members will float into the sky, only to come crashing down when the music stops. As the twins try to figure out how to control this new magic, they realize they need to find out where it comes from — and where they come from.
EW exclusively presents the book’s peculiar trailer, above — and check out some of Malouf’s gorgeous drawings from the inside of The Trilogy of Two, below.