By Jane Urquhart

Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is an impressive accomplishment and her most powerful so far. 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 shorelines of Lake Ontario. a singular approximately loss and the transitory nature of position, A Map of Glass comprises all of the parts for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley was once rescued from her parents?’ residence by means of a physician drawn to and challenged through her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped one of those criminal. whilst she meets Andrew, a historic geographer, her global adjustments. A 12 months after Andrew?’s loss of life, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing one in every of his outside tasks, discovers Andrew?’s physique. After Sylvia escapes to town, she stocks with Jerome the tale of Andrew?’s forebears, a narrative that is going again to the 19th century amidst the flourishing bushes and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an problematic novel enriched by way of moments of bright historical past come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, so much comprehensive novel so far.

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She knew the histories of the old settlers as well as she knew her own body. Better, in some ways. She knew the three-pronged ladders leaning against trees in autumn orchards, the arrival at barn doors of wagons filled with hay, the winter sleighs, the suppers held on draped tables outdoors in summer, the feuds over boundary lines, politics, family property, the arrival of the first motor car, the first telephone, the departure of young men for wars, the funeral processions departing from front parlors.

During their journey down streams and rivers, the icebergs had picked up and incorporated into their structures twigs and branches, as if consciously creating their own skeletons. Jerome was intrigued by this, and was about to pull the camera from his pocket when he noticed a large mass of ice that contained within it a blurred bundle of cloth that seemed both enclosed in the ice and emerging from it. Wondering if the ice had somehow managed to trap a patchwork quilt or a collection of rags, he moved closer, camera in hand, hoping for an interesting shot.

That night, it started to snow and Swimmer sat looking almost picturesque near the large window, watching the flakes descend through the beams of the one outdoor light in the yard. Jerome had given him – he had decided that a cat this large must be a neutered male – a portion of the tinned tuna fish he had had for supper and this seemed to have put the cat in a more placid mood. Jerome himself was far from placid and angrily paced the loft floor, glancing now and then with irritation at the snow, worrying about the accumulation in what he now called his Nine Revelations of Navigation.

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