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2.63 out of 52.63 out of 52.63 out of 52.63 out of 52.63 out of 5 2.63 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Urquhart Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781504758338
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Jane Urquhart’s stunning new novel weaves two parallel stories, set a century apart.                           

Sylvia Bradley was rescued from her parents’ house by marriage to a doctor whose care has both nourished and imprisoned her. When she meets Andrew Woodman, a historical geographer, her world changes through their devastating and ecstatic affair.

A year after Andrew’s death, Sylvia tells this story to Jerome McNaughton, a young artist whose discovery of Andrew’s body unlocks a secret in his own past. At the center of the novel is the tale of Andrew’s grandfather, Branwell, an innkeeper and a painter, whose liaison with an orphaned French-Canadian woman sets the stage for future events.

A novel about loss and the transitory nature of place, A Map of Glass is vivid with the evocative prose and haunting imagery for which Jane Urquhart’s writing is celebrated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Her language is vivid enough to take your breath away.”

    Boston Globe

  • “She has claimed an urgent place as one of our most interesting and accomplished writers.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Urquhart’s passion for the past and the land are at full poetic play in this intricate story of love, loss, and memory.”

    Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

  • “There is an ethereal, dreamy quality in Hillary Huber’s reading that is well suited to Urquhart’s meditative novel about love, loss, and longing…The book sometimes has the feel of epic poetry, an impression furthered by Huber’s lyrical voicing.”

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  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2006: Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/16/2014

    " one of those "haunting" kinda books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Tuplin | 2/3/2014

    " Loved the style and the twists and the bits of local history. Beautiful story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 1/19/2014

    " I tried - for way too long - but I just found nothing worth my valuable reading time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrice Sartor | 1/18/2014

    " Yet another book that I could not get into. This one I made it to page 21. Not far, to be sure...but really, don't you know after a page (a paragraph? Less?) whether or not you think the author is a good writer? I found it boring and mired in dull details. Next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 1/6/2014

    " This is my 5th Urquhart novel and my least favorite. She is such a great writer but this story fell short in many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Lottridge | 11/28/2013

    " I am rediscovering the beauty of well-written prose and the sense of seeing the world through another's eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/17/2013

    " I have read many of Jane Urquhart's novels and enjoy them as I am reading them. However, after a year, I can never remember any of the details of the plot or the characters. Once more a beautiful, lyrical novel taking place in Canada. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/1/2013

    " Not a big Jane Urquhart fan. This one was ok. Liked that it is set around Kingston- Trenton area on the St Lawrence "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonn | 2/4/2013

    " Some good ideas but hard to get into and the flow was off... Also I had trouble believing that the main characters would have realistically gotten together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie Kelly | 1/8/2013

    " Good in parts, but I found the middle section very drawn out. A good twist at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 1/7/2013

    " I could not even finish this book. I struggled to read it & finally decided life is too short & there are too many other amazing books to read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/5/2013

    " Subtle. Sweeping. As much a story of the land as of the people who inhabit it. An intertwined tail of people's lives and "conditions" which both define and shackle them. A story of love, loss, memory and unexpected human connection and expression. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camper | 2/28/2012

    " I found myself speaking out loud "oh, shut the f-- up!" to the author by page 50, but I officially stopped reading at this sentence on page 89: "Neither you, nor your goodness, nor china horses could keep me forever away from the arms of the world." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camper | 2/15/2011

    " I found myself speaking out loud "oh, shut the f-- up!" to the author by page 50, but I officially stopped reading at this sentence on page 89: "Neither you, nor your goodness, nor china horses could keep me forever away from the arms of the world." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 8/11/2010

    " I must admit I tried really hard to get into this book, the language was so elaborate, so descriptive that I often found myself frustrated at wanting the story to move forward. It really wasn't my favourite read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/14/2010

    " one of those "haunting" kinda books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 12/10/2008

    " I tried - for way too long - but I just found nothing worth my valuable reading time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 11/2/2007

    " I am rediscovering the beauty of well-written prose and the sense of seeing the world through another's eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 nicole | 4/17/2007

    " I was disappointed with this novel, the third I've read by her. I liked the book, and the characters form the past who came to life in the journals, but found the framing story a little unbelievable. There were moments of Urquharts beaurtiful imagery, but it did not have the impact of Away for me. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart is the author of six bestselling and 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.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.