Search Results: "Jane Urquhart"


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THE STONE CARVERS by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2002

"Not Urquhart's best, but another memorable illustration of her conception of the revivifying power of art."
Intermittently clunky symbolism and occasional outcroppings of melodramatic improbability dilute the force of this otherwise impressive fifth novel from the Canadian author. Read full book review >

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THE UNDERPAINTER by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Few stories have brought artistic narcissism to light so powerfully or thoroughly, but this is a painterly masterwork also in its own right, poignant in each of its several landscapes and subtle in tracing the mingled nuances of love and pain. (Author tour)"
A finely nuanced, lyrical fourth novel from the award-winning Urquhart (Away, 1994, etc.), featuring a successful painter who, in the entrenched isolation of his old age, recalls the chain of events that cost him his best friend and the one woman who loved him. Read full book review >

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AWAY by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"A novel that is both literary and accessible."
Urquhart's third novel (after Changing Heaven, not reviewed) is an engrossing multigenerational tale shot through with passages of poetic intensity and beauty. Read full book review >

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SANCTUARY LINE by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Heavy with literary allusions and overt symbolism, Liz's ruminations make for a ponderously slow if finely tuned read."
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. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT STAGES by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"Highly satisfying on many levels, this novel will have book clubs basking in its big symbols and abuzz over Tamara's final decision; for when the fog lifts, there are two planes outside: one to New York and one to Shannon."
Grounded by fog during a layover, a woman heading to New York recalls growing up in wartime England and the lover she has just left in Ireland in this thoughtful, multifaceted work. Read full book review >

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A MAP OF GLASS by Jane Urquhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2006

"At her best, this writer commands an impressive range of varied literary skills. But here, simpler would have been better."
Personal and family histories compromised by disability, estrangement and loss are painstakingly intertwined in the prizewinning Canadian author's sixth novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Effusive, wandering attempt to codify the good fight."
Memoirs of a privileged life given largely to contemplation of nature's gifts, their abuse by humankind, and hopes for future redress. Read full book review >

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THE VISIONIST by Rachel Urquhart
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"An impressive debut."
A historical novel set in 1840s Massachusetts intertwines the stories of a Shaker community, a world-weary fire inspector and a beleaguered farm family. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"A graceful, perceptive rendering of a misunderstood condition."
A child born with albinism inspires a concerned mother to uncover its genetic origins. Read full book review >

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RALPH BUNCHE by Brian Urquhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"But be that as it may, Urquhart's scrupulously documented, wide-angle narrative bids fair to become a standard reference on the man. (Photographs—not seen)"
The first full-dress biography of Bunche—and one that brings to life the many achievements of a remarkable diplomat. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Solid storytelling and a sequential short-story format uplift the potentially ponderous, gay-specialty plotline about a restless quest for love."
Linked short stories follow a half-century in the life of a Florida-born gay man and his search for emotional happiness and stability on two coasts and two continents. Read full book review >

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NO MORE CUDDLES! by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A fully rounded, easily associative, and visually inviting story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As everybody knows, a bigfoot likes his privacy, even if he is built to cuddle: snuggly, soft, and silky (at least those bigfeet like Barry, who evidently knows about bathing). Read full book review >