Away: A Novel

Away: A Novel

by Jane Urquhart


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140249262
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 809,740
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Urquhart is the bestselling author of five internationally acclaimed, award-winning novels. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, and three books of poetry. She lives in Southwestern Ontario. She is the winner of numerous awards and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Stone Carvers and the International IMPAC award.

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“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.)

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Away: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
oldblack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but I've liked other Urquhart books set in the 1800s, so I had high hopes for this book. It turned out those hopes were largely unmet. I recognize that this reflects my inadequacy, rather than Urquhart's, and I will move on to more of her books that I have on my To Be Read pile.My main problem with this book was that I couldn't cope with the blurring between the 'real' world and the 'away' world. I like my reading to be firmly based on a reality which is the same one that I experience. I did like the fact that this book added to my very limited (almost non-existent) knowledge of Canadian-UK history
ParadisePorch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set between Ireland and Canada in the 1800s. Thought-provoking & enjoyable. I had never thought about the specifics of why the potato famine would make all food unavailable. The book made me want to read more specific history.