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 seashores of Lake Ontario. a unique approximately loss and the transitory nature of position, A Map of Glass comprises the entire components for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley used to be rescued from her parents?’ residence by way of a physician drawn to and challenged by means of her withdrawn methods.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 legal. while she meets Andrew, a ancient 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 one among his open air 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 bushes and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an complicated novel enriched by way of moments of bright background come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot comprehensive novel to this point.
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There was simply no way to place even the few scraps of memory he had retained. His first project, then, would be an attempt to rebuild what he thought of as the few good moments of his childhood and would take the form of temporary and incomplete structures – playhouses of a sort – that he made himself with torn plastic, discarded wood, and broken objects found in abandoned lots. He remembered a journey he had taken a few years before on a train, a journey he was able to recall now only in terms of the images he had collected while staring out the window.
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. He wanted to document a series of natural environments changed by the moods of the long winter. He wanted to mark the moment of metamorphosis, when something changed from what it had been in the past. He was drawn to the abandoned scraps of any material: peeling paint, worn surfaces, sun bleaching, rust, rot, the effects of prolonged moisture, as well as to the larger shifts of erosion and weather and season.
He knows the island was the beginning – knows this in a vague way, not having the words for either island or beginning. He must get to the place that water touches all around because without the beginning he cannot understand this point in time, this walk in the snow, the breath that comes into his mouth and then departs in small clouds like the ghosts of all the words he can no longer recall. If he can arrive at this beginning, he believes he will remember what was born there, and what came into being later, and later again, and later again – a theorem that might lead him to the now of effort and snow.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart