Publication Date: 03/01/2013 ISBN: 9780857386397 Category:

Sanctuary Line

Jane Urquhart

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication Date: 03/01/2013 ISBN: 9780857386397 Category:
Paperback / Softback




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.

Publisher Review

'Urquhart's prose is lovingly and skilfully constructed ... Her sparse plot dances and weaves like a butterfly' Sunday Business Post. * Sunday Business Post * 'Urquhart's writing is poetic, in the sense that it is beautifully compact and restrained when describing the most powerful emotions' The Times. * The Times * 'Emotional and atmospheric' The Lady. * Lady * 'Urquhart's style is reminiscent of that of the Pulitzer-winner Marilynne Robinson' Mary Morrissey, Irish Times. * Irish Times * 'A delicate work of rare beauty' Lucy Popescu, Independent. * Independent * 'Urquhart handles the layers of narrative with lyrical aplomb' Susan Elderkin, Financial Times. * Financial Times *

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