By Jane Urquhart
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 shorelines 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?’ apartment by means of a physician drawn to and challenged via her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet finally her husband?’s care has shaped a type of legal. whilst she meets Andrew, a ancient geographer, her international alterations. A yr after Andrew?’s loss of life, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing considered 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 trees and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an complex novel enriched via moments of brilliant heritage come to existence and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, so much finished novel up to now.
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It would be a temporary incision, he knew, one that would likely be healed by the night’s falling temperature, so he removed his camera from the case, then leaned against the railing and photographed the irregular channel. The opened water was like a slash of black paint on a stretched white canvas. Breaking the river. He liked the sound of the phrase and would remember to record it in his notebook once he got settled in the loft. He himself would never be a painter, considered himself instead a sort of chronicler.
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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.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart