By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is an impressive accomplishment and her most powerful to this point. 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 the entire parts for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley was once rescued from her parents?’ condominium by means of a physician drawn to and challenged via her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped one of those criminal. while she meets Andrew, a historic geographer, her global alterations. A 12 months after Andrew?’s demise, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing one in all his outside 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 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 brilliant heritage come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot complete novel to this point.
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Gently but firmly seizing him around the middle, he wrapped a towel around the cat’s legs. Then positioning his knee against Swimmer’s side so that he could free one hand, he began to drag the comb through the matted fur. The cat yowled, swung his head back and forth, and made every effort to bite the offending, gloved hands, but finally he gave up and submitted to the grooming. It wasn’t long before Jerome discovered the wound near the tail. Swimmer hissed and yowled more loudly when the comb neared the lesion and Jerome turned some greyish-yellow fur aside to explore the problem.
Sometimes they are kneeling, praying. When he comes to a break in the forest, he is perplexed by an area of openness that curls off to the left and to the right. 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.
As the day unfolded, however, the mists would evaporate, other campers and their hot dogs and radios would come into focus, and his father’s mood would shift down into irritability. He would begin to compare the spot unfavorably with the camp life he had known in the bush when the mine was still operating. ” Jerome had heard his father whisper once through clenched teeth, just before he had begun to berate Jerome’s mother about the food she had brought, her recent haircut, the way she looked in a swimsuit.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart