By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is an impressive 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 shorelines of Lake Ontario. a unique approximately loss and the transitory nature of position, A Map of Glass includes all of the parts for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley used to be rescued from her parents?’ residence by means of a physician drawn to and challenged by way of her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet finally her husband?’s care has shaped one of those criminal. whilst she meets Andrew, a old geographer, her global alterations. A yr after Andrew?’s dying, 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 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 by means of moments of vibrant heritage come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot comprehensive novel thus far.
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The palms of his gloved hands are open to the sky as if he were silently requesting that the world come back to him, that the broken connections of heart and mind be mended, that language and the knowledge of a cherished place re-enter his consciousness. ” This is his first full sentence in more than a month. These are his last spoken words. And there is nobody there to hear his voice, nobody at all. The Revelations At the northeastern end of Lake Ontario, toward the mouth of the wide St. Lawrence River, a number of islands begin to appear.
Gathered together at docksides, tall masts made from virgin pines rocking in the wind, the ships would have been like an afterimage of the forests that were being removed from the country. And when the last of the great trees vanished, this floating afterimage would vanish with them. He walked across the loft to a counter on which rested a hotplate, an electric kettle, and a microwave oven. He poured some water into the kettle, plugged it in, and fished about in his knapsack until he found the green tea that Mira, concerned about his well-being, had given him before he left the city.
Her fair hair, some of it grey now, was pulled back, and her face, she was relieved to see, was composed, her grey eyes were clear. She could not say whether it was an attractive face that looked back at her. Someone had once told her she was lovely and not, in some ways, that long ago, but she knew that her features, her expression had altered since. The previous morning, after Malcolm had left for the clinic, she had filled an old suitcase with stockings, one blue skirt and cardigan, underwear, a few cosmetics, two well-used green leather notebooks, a plastic bag containing squares of felt, scraps of fabric and wool, one antique album, and a worn hardcover book.