Award-winning, bestselling author Jane Urquhart’s eagerly anticipated new novel is a magnificent accomplishment and her strongest to date.
A Map of Glass weaves two parallel stories, one set in contemporary Toronto and Prince Edward County, the other in the nineteenth century on the northern shores of Lake Ontario. A novel about loss and the transitory nature of place, A Map of Glass contains all the elements for which Jane Urquhart’s novels are celebrated.
Sylvia Bradley was rescued from her parents’ house by a doctor attracted to and challenged by her withdrawn ways. Their subsequent marriage has nourished her, but ultimately her husband’s care has formed a kind of prison. When she meets Andrew, a historical geographer, her world changes.
A year after Andrew’s death, Sylvia makes a connection with Jerome, a young conceptual artist/photographer who, while executing one of his outdoor projects, discovers Andrew’s body.
After Sylvia escapes to the city, she shares with Jerome the story of Andrew ’s forebears, a story that goes back to the nineteenth century amidst the flourishing timber and shipbuilding industries of Lake Ontario. This story is the breathtaking centre of A Map of Glass, an intricate novel enriched by moments of vivid history come to life and haunting imagery. It stands as her richest, most accomplished novel to date.
Jane Urquhart is the bestselling author of five internationally acclaimed, award-winning novels. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, and three books of poetry. She lives in Southwestern Ontario. She is the winner of numerous awards and has been short listed for the Booker Prize and the International IMPAC award.
“She has claimed an urgent place as one of our most interesting and accomplished writers. . .”
— Globe and Mail
Publication Date: March 9, 2006
trim size: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4