A Map of Glass

A Map of Glass

eBook - 2006
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Set in present-day Toronto and in the 19th-century world of rural Ontario timber barons, it opens with the wintry death of Alzheimer's sufferer Andrew, whose body, borne by an ice floe, runs aground on the small Lake Ontario island where artist Jerome McNaughton is seeking inspiration. 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 body, and, through Jerome, to reconnect one last time with Andrew. Meanwhile, Jerome, the relationship-shy adult child of an abusive, alcoholic father, is slowly coming to trust that girlfriend Mira's love for him is real.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : MacAdam/Cage Pub., c2006
ISBN: 9781596928398
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 p.)


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Jul 07, 2015

This book seems to be written for book club discussions. Themes abound here - history, nature, spiritualism, the senses, art in all its forms, psychology, relationships, blurred lines between reality and imagined life. My mind was in a bit of a whirl at times. The prose is beautiful but the story it tells is not for everyone. Sylvia Bradley is sheltered from the world, first by her parents and then by her husband, but then she meets Andrew Woodman. The subsequent affair is revealed years later to a young artist who has found Woodman's body in the frozen ice of Georgian Bay. His discovery is reported in the newspapers and Sylvia feels compelled to meet him and tell her story. All we know is what Sylvia relates. I felt I had to suspend my analytical side and just believe that what Sylvia told was real, all the while a small voice niggled at me questioning the whole story.

Oct 07, 2010

I felt so good reading this book. It provides incites into the mind of a woman whose behaviour does not meet the expectations of parents and husband, but who brings meaning into the lives of a young artist and a blind woman. This book also provides a portrait of a time when timber resources made families rich. Jane Urquhart has dealt with Canadian history on a very personal level in other novels and always in a way that makes me want to come back for more. I also recommend "Away" and "The Stone Carvers" by her.


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