By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is an impressive accomplishment and her most powerful so 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 components for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley was once rescued from her parents?’ apartment by way of a physician interested in and challenged by means of her withdrawn methods.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 felony. whilst she meets Andrew, a old geographer, her international alterations. A yr after Andrew?’s dying, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing one in all 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 bushes and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an complicated novel enriched through moments of brilliant heritage come to lifestyles and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot complete novel thus far.
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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.
Here a skirmish had evidently taken place and Jerome believed, even in this fading light and from this distance, he could make out traces of blood, traces of a kill. How wonderful the snow was; every change of direction, each whim, even the compulsion of hunger was marked on its surface, like memory, for a brief season. He told Mira all of this when he called her, but forgot to mention the green tea and how it made him think of her. That night Jerome was awakened by the noise of a tin can bouncing slowly down the stairs, followed by a dull, steady thumping.
It was the indifference that Jerome would try to take into his own nature: the combination of brief infatuation followed by an apparently casual lack of care. This, and the solid knowledge of the mutability of a world that came into being and then dissolved around him before he was able to fully grasp what it was trying to be, what it had been. When the tracks had swung away from the highway, Jerome had become aware of the fencelines of the fields that were passing, one after another, by the train window.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart