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Author: Urquhart, Jane

Color: Black

Edition: 1

Number Of Pages: 368

EAN: 9780771086502

Release Date: 01-05-1997

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description A stunning, evocative novel set in Ireland and Canada, Away traces a family’s complex and layered past. The narrative unfolds with shimmering clarity, and takes us from the harsh northern Irish coast in the 1840s to the quarantine stations at Grosse Isle and the barely hospitable land of the Canadian Shield; from the flourishing town of Port Hope to the flooded streets of Montreal; from Ottawa at the time of Confederation to a large-windowed house at the edge of a Great Lake during the present day. Graceful and moving, Away unites the personal and the political as it explores the most private, often darkest corners of our emotions where the things that root us to ourselves endure. Powerful, intricate, lyrical, Away is an unforgettable novel. From Amazon Away is a rich and elegiac novel celebrating the indomitable spirit of three generations of Irish immigrants as they struggle in the often harsh and uninviting wilderness that was Upper Canada. Forced to leave their home on the island of Rathlin off the northern coast of Ireland in the wake of the devastating potato famines of the 1840s, the O'Malley family attempted to build a new life for themselves in a country full of promise. From her home on the shores of Lake Ontario, Esther O'Malley Robertson, the last of the line, looks lingeringly back on her family's history, from the rough days of survival to flourishing times in Port Hope, Montreal, and Ottawa, a history that mirrors the country's growth and development as well. It's a rich and lyrical fiction that simmers with dark and sombre echoes of the novels of Thomas Hardy and Emily Brontë, but with its own unique sense of adventure. Blending politics and history, myth and magic in a novel that won the 1994 Trillium Award, Urquhart takes readers on an intensely emotional journey into the lives of ordinary men and women as seen through the extraordinary eye of this Canadian original. --Jeffrey Canton Review “A dazzling novel…written by a major novelist at the height of her considerable powers.” – Globe and Mail “One of those novels that moves in and takes over your life.…Enjoyable not only for its complexity and subtle characterization, but also for the sheer power of Urquhart's writing.… Away is simply a great novel.” – Books in Canada “Poignant, lilting and emotionally true.…Urquhart [creates] her own spell with language that shimmers.….” – Chicago Tribune “Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry.” – Times Literary Supplement (U.K.) From the Back Cover “A dazzling novel…written by a major novelist at the height of her considerable powers.” – Globe and Mail “One of those novels that moves in and takes over your life.…Enjoyable not only for its complexity and subtle characterization, but also for the sheer power of Urquhart's writing.… Away is simply a great novel.” – Books in Canada “Poignant, lilting and emotionally true.…Urquhart [creates] her own spell with language that shimmers.….” – Chicago Tribune “Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry.” – Times Literary Supplement (U.K.) About the Author Jane Urquhart 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, which won the Trillium Award and was a finalist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Underpainter, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Rogers Communications Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; and The Stone Carvers, a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize and for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, and three books of poetry, I Am Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace, False Shuffles, and The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan ( I Am Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace and The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan were published toge

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