A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart

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An aging Andrew Woodman stumbles through a snowstorm, slowly losing his strength, his language, and his memories of the once-familiar island landscape around him. When Jerome, a young artist on a remote island retreat, discovers Andrew’s body frozen in the ice later that winter, the rich narrative tapestry of A Map of Glass begins.

One year after Andrew’s body is found, Sylvia Bradley—a withdrawn, sheltered woman whose secret affair with Andrew opened her eyes to the world outside her small home town—decides to learn more about her lover’s mysterious disappearance. She flees to the overwhelming, unknown city of Toronto on a quest to find Jerome. Once she does,
they work together to uncover both the secrets of their own pasts and the breathtaking story of Andrew’s ancestors.

With her celebrated lyrical prose and haunting imagery, Urquhart’s A Map of Glass is a skillful exploration of love, loss, and the transitory nature of place.

About Jane Urquhart

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JANE URQUHART is the author of six internationally acclaimed novels: The Whirlpool, Changing Heaven, Away, The Underpainter, The Stone Carvers, and A Map of Glass. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, three books of poetry, and recently a short biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery for the Extraordinary Canadians series. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and is a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and an Officer of the Order of Canada.From the Hardcover edition.
Published June 16, 2009 by MP Publishing Limited. 390 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, History, Business & Economics, Horror. Fiction

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They’re a cut above Faulkner’s Snopeses: a clan of avaricious power-seekers, from whom Andrew had spent his life attempting escape.

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A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart 376pp, Bloomsbury, £10.99 Jane Urquhart writes the sort of novels that are described as sweeping epics, rich tapestries, poignant evocations of loss.

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The story steps back a century, to when Andrew's ancestors, owners of the same island, razed forests to build ships, then it jumps forward a year from the opening scene of Andrew's death, to when Sylvia, Andrew's married lover of 20 years, sets out to meet with Jerome, who discovered Andrew's bo...

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Historical Novel Society

Sylvia lends Jerome the notebooks of her late lover, Andrew, which tell the story of Timber Island and the life of his ancestors.

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