By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is an impressive accomplishment and her most powerful to this point. A Map of Glass weaves parallel tales, one set in modern Toronto and Prince Edward County, the opposite within the 19th century at the northern seashores of Lake Ontario. a singular approximately loss and the transitory nature of position, A Map of Glass comprises all of the components for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley used to be rescued from her parents?’ condominium via a physician interested in and challenged via her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped a type of legal. whilst she meets Andrew, a ancient geographer, her international alterations. A 12 months after Andrew?’s dying, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing considered one of his outdoors tasks, discovers Andrew?’s physique. After Sylvia escapes to the town, she stocks with Jerome the tale of Andrew?’s forebears, a narrative that is going again to the 19th century amidst the flourishing trees and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an complicated novel enriched through moments of vibrant historical past come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, so much comprehensive novel thus far.
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Extra resources for A Map of Glass
He wanted to document a series of natural environments changed by the moods of the long winter. He wanted to mark the moment of metamorphosis, when something changed from what it had been in the past. He was drawn to the abandoned scraps of any material: peeling paint, worn surfaces, sun bleaching, rust, rot, the effects of prolonged moisture, as well as to the larger shifts of erosion and weather and season. This island was situated at the mouth of the great river that flowed out of Lake Ontario, then cut through the vast province of Quebec before losing its shape to the sea.
Her friend Julia, who had also lived all her life in one house, said that she could smell the beginnings of the spring melt on her farm long before those who were sighted were aware of its arrival. She could also smell the approach of storms on cloudless summer days and the presence of deer hidden deep in the cedar bush behind the barn. How she admired this in Julia, this sensory prescience; that and the calm that always filled her corner of the room like a soft light. It was Julia who had sensed her grief, Julia who had suggested that she make the journey to the city.
The city was not something she was going to be able to ignore. She was going to have to enter it. She was going to have to manage. After walking stiffly along the cement quay, her purse in one hand, her suitcase in the other, she descended a flight of marble stairs, then walked up a long, sloping ramp into the great hall of Union Station, remembering that as a child she had been led by her mother into this overwhelming world for a series of appointments deep in the city, and that the child she had been had often refused to move through the huge room until she had read, high on its walls, all the carved names of places that did not exist on the maps of her County.