By Jane Urquhart
Award-winning, bestselling writer Jane Urquhart?’s eagerly expected new novel is a powerful accomplishment and her most powerful up to now. 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 singular approximately loss and the transitory nature of position, A Map of Glass includes all of the components for which Jane Urquhart?’s novels are celebrated. Sylvia Bradley used to be rescued from her parents?’ condominium by way of a physician interested in and challenged via her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet finally her husband?’s care has shaped a type of felony. whilst she meets Andrew, a ancient geographer, her global alterations. A yr after Andrew?’s demise, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing one in every of his outdoors 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 bushes and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an complicated novel enriched by means of moments of shiny historical past come to existence and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, such a lot entire novel so far.
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The next morning, a warm front moved in, melting both the previous evening’s precipitation and some of the old snow on which it had fallen, and Jerome was pleased to find that his markers were even more prominent than they had been the day before. The blackened maple leaves, twigs, and flattened weeds appeared to have been pasted to the floor of the excavations by the melt, and a rising mist once again softened the atmosphere. Jerome had brought his sketchbook with him, as well as several graphite pencils and a folding stool, for today he intended to draw the details of what he had exposed.
He walks for some time on the hard, pale river, his left sleeve now and then brushing against the arms of snow-laden pines. Eventually his body comes to know it is exhausted and takes the decision to lie on the smooth bed of ice and snow. By now the sun is gone; it is a deep winter night of great clarity and great beauty. He can see points of light that he knows are stars, and yet he no longer knows the word for stars. When he rolls his head to the left and then the right, the still, leafless branches of the trees on the bank move with him, black against a darkening sky.
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. When he opened the door to the stairs, he found he was looking directly into the green eyes of a large orange cat whose fur was matted with burrs and whose expression was hostile.
A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart