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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 shorelines 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 was once rescued from her parents?’ apartment by way of a physician interested in and challenged through her withdrawn methods. Their next marriage has nourished her, yet eventually her husband?’s care has shaped a type of criminal. whilst she meets Andrew, a ancient geographer, her international alterations. A yr after Andrew?’s dying, Sylvia makes a reference to Jerome, a tender conceptual artist/photographer who, whereas executing certainly one of his outdoors tasks, 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 trees and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This tale is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an elaborate novel enriched by means of moments of vibrant background come to existence and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, so much comprehensive novel thus far.

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P. cm. 54–dc22 2006000360 The epigraph is taken from Robert Smithson’s essay “A Provisional Theory of Non-Sites” (1968). published in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, edited by Jack Flam. Copyright © 1996. Used by permission of the Estate and VAGA (Visual Artists and Galleries Association). Book design by Dorothy Carico Smith. Publisher’s Note: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

Gently but firmly seizing him around the middle, he wrapped a towel around the cat’s legs. Then positioning his knee against Swimmer’s side so that he could free one hand, he began to drag the comb through the matted fur. The cat yowled, swung his head back and forth, and made every effort to bite the offending, gloved hands, but finally he gave up and submitted to the grooming. It wasn’t long before Jerome discovered the wound near the tail. Swimmer hissed and yowled more loudly when the comb neared the lesion and Jerome turned some greyish-yellow fur aside to explore the problem.

She had never told Andrew how touch, until him, had been a catastrophe for her, how having leapt over the hurdle of touch, he would then become a part of her – without him ever being aware of this – how the idea of him would be like something she was carrying with her, like an animal, or a baby, or a schoolbag, or maybe something as simple and essential as this purse that rested on the passenger seat of the moving car. Afterwards she would rise and dress, cross the orchard, walk to her car, and drive the concessions with the smell of him still on her, wanting to keep this with her, not bathing until minutes before Malcolm returned from the clinic.

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