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 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?’ condo via a physician interested in and challenged by means of her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped a type of criminal. while she meets Andrew, a ancient geographer, her international alterations. A 12 months after Andrew?’s demise, 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 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 problematic novel enriched via moments of bright background come to existence and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, so much finished novel up to now.
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A few houses in the County had been restored by city people seeking charm, however, and always seemed to her to be unnaturally fresh and clean, as if the past had been scrubbed out of their interiors, then thrown carelessly out the door like a bucketful of soiled water. She knew the histories of the old settlers as well as she knew her own body. Better, in some ways. She knew the three-pronged ladders leaning against trees in autumn orchards, the arrival at barn doors of wagons filled with hay, the winter sleighs, the suppers held on draped tables outdoors in summer, the feuds over boundary lines, politics, family property, the arrival of the first motor car, the first telephone, the departure of young men for wars, the funeral processions departing from front parlors.
Where did people leave such messages: near the phone, under a magnet on the refrigerator, on the hall table? The kitchen, she concluded, would be no place to leave such a scrap of paper, to leave such a formal declaration, and so, after lifting the salt shaker from the table and dropping it into one of her pockets, she moved down the hall and went into her husband’s study, his library. Selecting two volumes that dealt with medical syndromes, she placed one on top of the other in the center of the desk, then glanced at the note on the top.
Swimmer hissed and yowled more loudly when the comb neared the lesion and Jerome turned some greyish-yellow fur aside to explore the problem. The torn flesh was clearly infected and not in any way helped by the abundance of dirty fur that covered it. He let go of the animal and went to search for the antiseptic and a pair of scissors he had noticed in a kitchen drawer. After retrieving them, it took some time to locate the cat again, but at last Jerome discovered him crouching behind the shower curtain in the bathroom.