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By Jane Urquhart

ISBN-10: 1596921706

ISBN-13: 9781596921702

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Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is a powerful accomplishment and her most powerful thus 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 comprises all of the components for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley used to be rescued from her parents?’ residence by way of a physician interested in and challenged by means of her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet finally her husband?’s care has shaped one of those felony. whilst she meets Andrew, a ancient geographer, her global alterations. A yr after Andrew?’s loss of life, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing one among his outdoors 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 elaborate novel enriched through moments of bright heritage come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, so much comprehensive novel up to now.

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There might even be police involved and a suggestion that she was incapable of looking after herself, a suggestion that she was too fragile to survive in the outside world. But they wouldn’t find her for a while. She had told no one she was going. She had not even told Julia that she intended to take this journey. When she returned to the alley she read the spray-painted words and numbers until she once again found the name she had been looking for. Then she peered into the passageway that she could now see was lined with a series of industrial-looking entrances and the odd, forbidding steel garage door.

Then underneath this she wrote, Don’t bother calling Julia, she has no idea where I am. In order to reach the front door she had to pass through the dining room, and as she did so she recalled that in the late afternoon, while the rest of the house darkened, the low light entering the room from the west window always caused the large oval of the table to shine like a lake, a lake with two silver candlesticks floating on its surface. She had watched this happen almost every day of her life, as long as she could remember, and it would continue to happen when she was not there: an abandoned table gathering light and her far away, not witnessing the ceremony.

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. Andrew’s voice, telling her such things over and over, was inside her head almost all the time now. In the past she leaned toward his whisper, had once or twice heard him sing, and then, near the end, had heard the terrible noise of his weeping. A recording of the sounds he had made was always playing in her mind, but she was losing the shape of his face, the look of his legs and arms and hands, the way his body occupied a chair, or moved across a room toward the place where she stood, as she had always stood each time, waiting for him to touch her.

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