Sanctuary line /
Jane Urquhart.
Paperback edition
London : MacLehose Press, 2013.
256 p. ; 20 cm.
0857386395 (Paper), 9780857386397 (Paper)
More Details
London : MacLehose Press, 2013.
0857386395 (Paper)
9780857386397 (Paper)
catalogue key
Purchase; DSO; 2013; RB310024.
A Look Inside
Review Quotes
'A delicate work of rare beauty' Lucy Popescu, Independent.
'Urquhart handles the layers of narrative with lyrical aplomb' Susan Elderkin, Financial Times.
'Urquhart's style is reminiscent of that of the Pulitzer-winner Marilynne Robinson' Mary Morrissey, Irish Times.
'Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions' The Times.
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Main Description
Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly. A rich family history - all the anecdotes and blarney of successful Irish immigrants - is now tainted with sadness. Her cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss foreshadowed by the earlier disappearance of her charismatic father. Reflecting on the fragility and transcience of human life and relations - mirrored in the Monarchs' restless flight - Liz finds that love is there to be found where you least expect it.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Recently returned to Lake Erie, Liz Crane moves into her family's now-deserted farmhouse. She explores the many-layered history of the eccentric Butler family, ancestral lighthouse- keepers, agriculturalists and dreamers and re-evaluates the lives of the seasonal workers imported each summer from Mexico to harvest the fruit on the farm.

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