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Sanctuary Line
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Alice Munro hails Urquhart's "most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives." "Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions," says The Times. The author Claire Messud praises her as having "a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a significant whole."

In Sanctuary Line Urquhart has created a nuanced and moving novel about family legacies, love, and betrayal. Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse--once the setting for countless happy summers spent on the northern shore of Lake Erie--to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly. Encompassing all the colorful stories and blarney of successful Irish immigrants who have made the most of their relocation to North America, the Cranes' rich family history is now circumscribed by sadness. Liz's beloved cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss that had been foreshadowed many years in the past by the disappearance of Amanda's charismatic father.

Reflecting on the fragility and transience of human life and relations--mirrored in the butterflies' restless flight patterns and transcontinental migrations--Liz finds that love is there to be found where, and when, you least expect it.

From the Hardcover edition.

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        Jane Urquart was born in Little Long Lac, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of five internationally acclaimed novels: The Whirlpool, which received Le prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book Award) in France; Changing Heaven; Away, winner of the Trillium Award and a finalist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General's Award and a finalist for the Rogers Communications Writers' Trust Fiction Prize; The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for The Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award, and longlisted for the Booker Prize; and A Map of Glass, a finalist for a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, and four books of poetry, I Am Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace, False Shuffles, The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan, and Some Other Garden. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award, and is a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Ontario and spends part of every year in Ireland.

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Claire Messud praised Jane Urquhart as having "a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a significant whole." In Sanctuary Line Urquhart has created a nuanced and moving novel about family legacies, love, and betrayal.

Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse--once the setting for countless happy summers spent on the northern shore of Lake Erie--to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly.

Encompassing all the colorful stories and blarney of successful Irish immigrants who have made the most of their relocation to North America, the Cranes' rich family history is now circumscribed by sadness. Liz's beloved cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss that had been foreshadowed many years in the past by the disappearance of Amanda's charismatic father.

Reflecting on the fragility and transience of human life and...

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Alice Munro hails Urquhart's "most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives." "Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions," says The Times. The author Claire Messud praises her as having "a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a significant whole."

In Sanctuary Line Urquhart has created a nuanced and moving novel about family legacies, love, and betrayal. Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse--once the setting for countless happy summers spent on the northern shore of Lake Erie--to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly. Encompassing all the colorful stories and blarney of successful Irish immigrants who have made the most of their relocation to North America, the Cranes' rich family history is now circumscribed by sadness. Liz's beloved cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss that had been foreshadowed many years in the past by the disappearance of Amanda's charismatic father.

Reflecting on the fragility and transience of human life and relations--mirrored in the butterflies' restless flight patterns and transcontinental migrations--Liz finds that love is there to be found where, and when, you least expect it.

From the Hardcover edition.

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      • source: Alice Munro
      • content: Praise for Jane Urquhart:

        "The most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives."—Alice Munro
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      • source: Claire Messud
      • content: "Sanctuary Line is delicately balanced, powerful and purposeful, and is Urquhart at her best, a storyteller and stylist of the first rank."—Gary Curtis, Hamilton Spectator
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      • source: Susan Elderkin,The Financial Times
      • content: "A lovely reverie from its first sentence."—More magazine
      • premium: False
      • source: More magazine
      • content: "A novel of the mind and heart. . . intriguing reading."—Bookviews.com
      • premium: False
      • source: David Grylls, Sunday Times
      • content: "Haunting... and the ending, when it comes, is well worth the wait, revealing the answers to mysteries we didn't even know existed."—Donna Bailey Nurse, The Globe and Mail
      • premium: False
      • source: Lisa McLendon, The Wichita Eagle
      • content: "I'm grateful to have spent time with Sanctuary Line and soaked up Urquhart's nuanced wisdom."—Vancouver Sun
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      • source: Kate Saunders, The Times
      • content: "In precise yet passionate prose, acclaimed Canadian writer Urquhart poignantly explores the ephemeral and transitory nature of love and family duty, offering a melancholy meditation on these gossamer but powerful ties."—Carol Haggas, Booklist
      • premium: False
      • source: Gary Curtis, Hamilton Spectator
      • content: "Measured, dignified, calm on the surface but containing as much thematic richness and plain literary pleasure as a reader could care to dig for."—Montreal Gazette
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      • source: Emily Donaldson, Toronto Star
      • content: "Powerful... Urquhart knows love and longing, knows life and its many permutations. She has given us a multifaceted novel bursting with all of that."—James MacGowan, The Ottawa Citizen
      • premium: False
      • source: Vancouver Sun
      • content: "Quietly moving... Another stately, thoughtful work from award-winning Canadian author Urquhart."—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "Readers will want to return to this novel several times, drawn into the story by the age-old question of why humans do what they do. The Canadian Urquhart is a...—
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      • source: Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
      • content: "The payoff in Sanctuary Line is... spectacular—a multiple detonation that reverberates back to many earlier events and phrases."—David Grylls, Sunday Times
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      • content: "Urquhart builds stories like an architect... the brilliance of [the] powerful ending is that it makes us want to start again from the beginning."—Emily Donaldson, Toronto Star
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        August 15, 2013
        In Canadian Urquhart's latest (A Map of Glass, 2006, etc.), a grown woman returns to the abandoned family farm where she experienced her happiest and most emotionally troubling moments. A year after her cousin Mandy's death while serving in the military in Afghanistan, 40-ish Liz returns to the Ontario farm once owned by Mandy's father, Liz's maternal uncle Stanley, until he disappeared 20 years ago. The abandoned orchards Stanley once tended with the help of migrant farm labor from Mexico have gone to seed and decay. Now a scientist, Liz has come back to the area to study the annual migration of monarch butterflies between Mexico and this Canadian edge of Lake Erie. Liz talks some about her butterfly study, but mostly, her thoughts meander over her family's history, particularly her own childhood migration to the farm each summer from a lonely existence with her widowed mother, Stanley's sister, in Toronto. Stanley was charismatic yet vulnerable and slightly mysterious; his moods controlled the family. The Mexicans who worked the orchards every summer stayed mostly apart, but Stanley tried to get his two sons as well as Mandy and Liz to include one Mexican child, Theo, in their play so he could learn English. The boys were cruel to Theo, Mandy was oblivious, but Liz bonded with him. Not only were they both outsiders, but they both were being raised by single mothers--Theo's mother, Delores, supervised the other migrant workers. Although Liz knew little about Theo's winter life in Mexico, by adolescence, romantic sparks developed between the two. Then an ugly tragedy destroyed what had been a kind of Eden for everyone. As Liz reveals that tragedy and its aftermath in bits and pieces, she also ponders Mandy's more recent death and the secret affair Mandy was carrying on with a high-ranking officer. While Liz's own adulthood remains mostly a blank, Urquhart sensitively portrays her limited perceptions in childhood. Heavy with literary allusions and overt symbolism, Liz's ruminations make for a ponderously slow if finely tuned read.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        September 15, 2013

        Like the monarchs she's come to study as they swarm the butterfly tree at her family's now-deserted farm in rural Ontario, Liz Crane is seeking sanctuary, painfully aware that "neither my much-loved cousin nor my enigmatic, haunted uncle is ever coming home." Cousin Mandy died in service to her country; Uncle Stanley, charismatic and controlling, has vanished without explanation after dominating the family for decades. The farmstead was first settled when some of Liz's "great-greats," as her ancestors are called, fled the American Colonies as loyalists; one branch of the family became lighthouse keepers, further reinforcing the themes of separation and solace seeking. Though Liz only summered at the farm, it clearly felt like her real home, and her recollections of this paradise lost--and how it came to be lost--are quietly moving. Liz's recollections include Teo, who worked the farm each summer with other itinerant Mexican laborers, hinting at a tragedy that connects to the other losses in her life in an unexpected, effectively startling way. VERDICT Another stately, thoughtful work from award-winning Canadian author Urquhart (A Map of Glass).--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        September 1, 2013
        Like the migrating butterflies entomologist Liz Crane studies, she too has returned to her ancestral summer home on Canada's northern shore of Lake Erie, a trek she has joyfully made since childhood. Now, it is a land in decline, like Liz herself, suffering the ruination brought about by the unexplained disappearance of her charismatic uncle, Stanley, and the deaths of her beloved cousin Mandy, who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan, and Liz's first love, migrant worker Teo. As Liz moves into the decaying family farmhouse with its ghosts of generations of great-greats, she struggles to bring order to the chaos that left her family in disarray, relying on her knowledge of the migratory nature of butterflies to make sense of the more erratic behavior of human beings, with their secrets, lies, obsessions, and acts of betrayal. In precise yet passionate prose, acclaimed Canadian writer Urquhart (A Map of Glass, 2006) poignantly explores the ephemeral and transitory nature of love and family duty, offering a melancholy meditation on these gossamer but powerful ties.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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