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Book Title: Sanctuary Line|
The author of the book: Jane Urquhart
ISBN 13: 9781596923669
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 523 KB
Edition: MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
Read full description of the books Sanctuary Line:The nature of memories
“Sanctuary Line” is about family tradition and how those family legends impact the current generation. It’s also a coming of age novel though the main character is probably in her 40’s. The story is told in childhood flashbacks by Liz Crane who’s currently working as an etymologist and living in her now government owned childhood family seat which used to be a working orchard. She reconsiders the stories her uncle loved to tell her and her cousin Amanda who was like a sister to Liz. She thinks about past and upcoming deaths and how those deaths will affect and have affected her. She almost obsessively wonders if her memories are true returning over and over again to examine others’ motivations while also questioning her own. The orchard setting itself seems almost idyllic with the monarch butterflies returning yearly to light up a particular tree. Some of her memories are dreamlike, others harsh. As children Liz and her cousins had plentiful land to explore; a lake to swim in, books to read, parents to ignore and to idolize but the adult Liz wonders what it all meant, what was true. As she seeks to create a sanctuary for her well loved butterflies she ponders her assumption that her childhood was safe.
Liz also struggles to come to terms with recent and past tragedies. Memory is never static and a slight change in perspective can recalculate a life. The rehashing of the past in “Sanctuary Line” never seems obsessive just needed because Liz is determined to make sense of what’s happened and reconcile what others have told her, what her teenage/childhood self perceived, and the stories that were subsequently told about the events.
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Read information about the authorShe is the author of seven internationally acclaimed novels entitled, The Whirlpool, Changing Heaven, Away, The Underpainter, The Stone Carvers, A Map of Glass, and Sanctuary Line.
The Whirlpool received the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Award). Away was winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Underpainter won the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
The Stone Carvers was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. A Map of Glass was 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. Her work has been translated into numerous foreign languages.
Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award, Calgary's Bob Edwards Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. In 2005 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Recently, she was named the 2007 Banff Distinguished Writer.
Urquhart has received numerous honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa and at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Toronto, and the University of Guelph.
She has also given readings and lectures in Canada, Britain, Europe, the U.S.A., and Australia.
In 2007 she edited and published The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, and in 2009 she published a biography of
Lucy Maud Montgomery as part of Penguin’s “Extraordinary Canadians” series.
Urquhart lives in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, and occasionally in Ireland.
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