By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is a powerful 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 beaches of Lake Ontario. a singular approximately loss and the transitory nature of position, A Map of Glass includes the entire parts for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley was once rescued from her parents?’ residence by way of a physician interested in and challenged through her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet finally her husband?’s care has shaped one of those felony. while she meets Andrew, a historic geographer, her international adjustments. A yr after Andrew?’s loss of life, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing one in all his outdoors initiatives, 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 complex novel enriched by means of moments of vibrant historical past come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot finished novel thus far.
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The building had the dimensions of a barn or a medieval granary but without the roughness of the former or the stonework of the latter, though the ground floor had a stone foundation, a barnlike odor, and was used to store all manner of tools and equipment; some old, possibly original, some likely purchased recently by the Arts Council for the convenience of the residents. At the south wall there was a large window, a window that once might have been a door where sails would have been pushed onto waiting wagons.
Then, quite suddenly, inexplicably, he remembers a fact about winter rivers and their tributaries, how they become frozen, covered with snow. He is momentarily aware of some of the natural things he used to think about. He enunciates, quite clearly, the syllables of the word watershed, then straightens his shoulders, attentive to, and briefly suspicious of, the deep, bell-like sound of his own voice. He walks for some time on the hard, pale river, his left sleeve now and then brushing against the arms of snow-laden pines.
Staring at the wall she was aware of herself in ways she had rarely been in the past, aware of how odd she must look in her good wool coat and her boots with the ring of fake fur at the ankles, aware of the old suitcase she was carrying, and the large black leather handbag she was clasping under her right elbow. Suddenly a young man with strangely colored hair emerged from one of the doors partway down the alley and swung swiftly past her, turning left on the street with one quick glance back in her direction.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart