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 seashores 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 used to be rescued from her parents?’ condo through a physician drawn to and challenged by means of her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped one of those legal. while she meets Andrew, a old geographer, her global alterations. A 12 months after Andrew?’s dying, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing considered one of his open air 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 tricky novel enriched through moments of bright heritage come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot finished 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.
He enjoyed these exercises in increasing intimacy and was warmed by the knowledge that he would be able to remain for a period of time in the vicinity of the natural references that would move him. He was also pleased by the remnants of abandoned architecture that he had seen here and there on the island, the way these weakened structures had held their ground despite time and rot and the assault of a century of winters. After Jerome and his family had drifted down from the north in his early childhood, they had lived first in a small suburban house and then in an apartment building perched on a cluttered edge of Toronto, far away from such haphazard architecture as tool sheds, chicken coops, stables.
The idea that he would be staying near the point where open water entered the estuary excited him and made the pull of the island stronger. Now, two days after he’d arrived, as he stood near the shore with the camera around his neck and a snow shovel in his hand, the phrase breaking the river was still fresh in his mind, and he had decided that it would be the title of the first series he would complete on the island. He observed, by looking at the shards of ice along the shoreline, that, in effect, the river was broken by the island.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart