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Jane Urquhart

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Jane Urquhart, Poet and novelist Jane Urquhart was born in a small northern Ontario mining community called Little Long Lac. She has been Writer-in-Residence at the University of Ottawa and Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1997, she held the Presidential Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the show more University of Toronto. Urquhart has published books of poetry whose titles include "I'm Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace," "False Shuffles," and "The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan." She has also written the novels "The Whirlpool," which was the first Canadian book to win France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (Best Foreign Book Award), "Changing Heaven," "Away," which won the 1994 Trillium Award, and "The Underpainter," which won the Governor General's Award in 1997. She has also written a collection of short fiction, "Storm Glass," and several articles and reviews. Urquhart has also received the Marian Engel Award, in 1994, for an outstanding body of prose written by a Canadian woman and was named to France's Order of Arts and Letters as a Chevalier in 1996. Her novel "Away" was also short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which is the world's largest literary prized for a single work of fiction, and in 1997, she was asked to serve on the jury for this award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Jane Urquhart

Away (1993) 819 copies
The Stone Carvers (2001) 733 copies
The Underpainter (1997) 725 copies
A Map of Glass (2005) 370 copies
The Whirlpool (1986) 212 copies
Sanctuary Line (2010) 206 copies
Changing Heaven (1990) 173 copies
The Night Stages (2015) 129 copies
Storm Glass (1987) 54 copies
L. M. Montgomery (2009) 38 copies
Some Other Garden (2000) 18 copies
False Shuffles (1982) 2 copies

Associated Works

As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (New Canadian Library) (1882) — Afterword, some editions — 99 copies
The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999) — Contributor — 29 copies

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Traces a family line from famine time in Ireland to their settlement in Canada and a few generations beyond. "Away" describes people who have been touched in the head by some other spirit. The book has a dream-like quality to it.
 
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LDVoorberg | 22 other reviews | Dec 24, 2023 |
I do hope that in my life I never meet the esteemed Jane Urquhart.
If I did, I might be tempted to slap her in that way young girls do when they are thwarted. Full disclosure here- I've tried to read her writings and been so swamped by their impenetrability that I tossed them across the room, much as either Dorothy Parker or Mark Twain suggested.

And she is at the heart of the tiny group of "PEOPLE WHO MATTER IN CANADIAN LITERATURE", or, as I call them, FOMAs. (Friends of Margaret Atwood). I am of course fiercely jealous of this crowd and also exasperated by them as the small bunch of them assume each other is a magnificent creature and well, creative writing programs and Steven Galloway and so forth.

But I digress. This slim volume is part of the PWMICL/FOMA series of books on exemplary Canadians and I had to read this one as a lifetime LMM fan. When I did, I found the completely adult and mature epithet, 'snothead', issuing from my lips as JU takes LMMs life on and makes it petty and sad and messed up and suicidal and totally wrapped up in herself.
Apparently LMM developed asthma as an adult. Is this because of allergies? Oh no, it's from repressed feelings - and these repressions also made LMM an intolerable mother and sincerely wacky. No. Just no. Short of breath, yes.
Little is said of the numerous works published by LMM, or the joy they have brought to legions of girls and independent minded kids. Her list of books is shall I say it, much longer than JUs, and I resent fiercely the vaguely patronizing tone used throughout this book. Of course, LMM was not a FOMA, so boo.
I also find JUs take on mental illness to be condescending in the extreme. Overall, though, this book was interesting (and thankfully short unlike JUs usual knuckle-draggers), so it deserves three stars. The titles of the chapters: Work, Madness, Her death (the first chapter and completely self indulgent in JUs case) are even condescending.
Gah.
LMM wrote happy stories while enduring a challenging life. Bless her weary heart. Let's give her some credit for being able to create delight in others instead of blaming her for "covering her feelings". Sheesh.
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Dabble58 | 1 other review | Nov 11, 2023 |
A tiny little story, that was interesting to read. I wish I could have seen the Canada described, the one before the building booms, without the ugly generic buildings that seem so dull. The story made me smile and its defiantly a cute little read.
 
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Hexenwelt | 2 other reviews | Sep 6, 2023 |
Liz Crane, a scientist, returns to her family’s farm and apple orchard on Lake Erie, Ontario to study the migration patterns of the monarch butterfly. The property has been deserted for years. In her solitude, she revisits family history, from the death of her cousin in Afghanistan, and the much earlier disappearance of that cousin’s father. She is haunted by old love affairs, a family secret, and tragic events.

This is an intimate family story, with a strong sense of both place and the connection of the people to the land. It is a wonderfully-rendered story, written with great empathy, and a reader has to give the time… to fall into it.… (more)
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