By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is an impressive accomplishment and her most powerful up to now. 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 unique 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 used to be rescued from her parents?’ apartment by means of a physician interested in and challenged by means of her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped a type of felony. whilst she meets Andrew, a old geographer, her international adjustments. A 12 months after Andrew?’s loss of life, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing certainly one of his open air initiatives, 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 tricky novel enriched through moments of brilliant heritage come to existence and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot comprehensive novel so far.
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Trees were dark against the lightening sky, darker than they had been in midwinter when they often became frosted by a coating of snow. She loved the trees, their reliability, the fact that they had always been there on the boundaries of fields or along the edges of roads. She loved certain boulders for the same reason. And there were cairns left behind as a visual reminder of the past. These were some of the markers Andrew had spoken of. The old settlers, he had once told her, had left nothing behind but a statement of labor, nothing but a biography of stones.
Eventually she learned how to disregard the enormous hospital itself and all the pajama-clad children who lived there. “Sick Kids,” she had heard her mother call it when talking on the phone. ” She had always believed that this admission had something to do with confession, that the fact of her would have to be confessed, that she would have to be admitted to, or would herself have to admit to some crime or another. And, indeed, once she was in the presence of the doctor, his soft questions had always seemed like an interrogation, an attempt to pry from her some sort of dark revelation.
The sole survivors, he had thought, glimpsing the irregular gestures of stunted Manitoba maples and listing wooden posts. ) All of it in a state of heartbreaking neglect, destined to become the wilderness of asphalt, of concrete that he associated with the landscape of his later childhood. He had reached for his sketchbook, had drawn a series of overlapping lines on three or four pages, had made some notes about how these lines might be transformed into a three-dimensional installation within the confines of a rectangular room, and had experienced, for the remainder of the journey, the restless buzz that often announced the beginnings of a new conception.