Sanctuary Line

Sanctuary Line

Book - 2013
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"Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse--once the setting for countless happy summers spent on the northern shore of Lake Erie--to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly. Encompassing all the colorful stories and blarney of successful Irish immigrants who have made the most of their relocation to North America, the Cranes' rich family history is now circumscribed by sadness. Liz's beloved cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss that had been foreshadowed many years in the past by the disappearance of Amanda's charismatic father"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : MacLehose Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9781623650162
162365016X
Branch Call Number: FICTION URQUHAR JANE
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 22 cm

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fpsutka
Aug 24, 2016

A good read but I did not enjoy it as much as the Stone Carvers or A Map of Glass or Away!

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dera444
Jun 09, 2012

Beautifully written and layered tale of the migrations of monarchs and families in the midst of the Lake Erie waves. Urquhart also gets the prize for the most appearances of the word "bifurcate" in a novel.

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rslade
Feb 20, 2012

A decently complex book and plot. Good connections to pieces of literature, and to real events and references. However, somehow does not have the engagement of "The Stone Carvers."

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HilarySquires
Nov 04, 2011

a good story, but far too slow.

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loribz
Jun 05, 2011

I did not enjoy this book in the least. Overly descriptive and drawn out.

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ms_mustard
Mar 21, 2011

good read but not as good as The Stone Carvers or A Map of Glass.

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TheSponge
Feb 09, 2011

"Sanctuary Line is a book lover's novel, weaving together children's poetry, 19th-century American fiction and family myths into a unique literary pastiche. In one of Stan's family myths, for instance, a Stephen Crane story dovetails with the life of a Butler great-great.Urquhart strikes me as quite experimental. Her novels aim to map out the true contours of existence rather than fit any conventional form. This can go too far, as when she delivers a brick-by-brick account of 19th-century barn-raising. Her sometimes awkwardly shaped sentences – strange exercises in over-explaining – may also frustrate the reader. Yet, her writing is often beautiful, stirring: Liz's experience of the natural world especially mesmerizes. And the ending, when it comes, is well worth the wait, revealing the answers to mysteries we didn't even know existed. "
The Globe And Mail

Having read and enjoyed prior novels from Ms. Urquhart, I looked forward to finally getting a crack at Sanctuary Line. Boy, was I disappointed! You have to have the patience of Job to stick with this novel.

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kmoyer
Jan 10, 2011

Partic. interesting as have recently visited the area of Ontario she is writing about & liked the way the story of the monarchs is interweaved through the narrator's tale - seeing the butterflies crossing Lake Erie was amazing. Liked the ending chapters. Slight reservation in that the 'awful event' was so often eluded to during the story that I felt it didn't progress as smoothly as it would have if refered to less often.

debwalker Jan 03, 2011

"Set on the windy shores of the Lake Erie, Jane Urquhart's narrator is a lepidopterist with a passion for monarch butterflies. A gradually unfolding family saga and three surprising and powerful love stories."
A Chatelaine top pick.

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fjones
Dec 29, 2010

Yawn

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santiano9
Aug 07, 2011

- good descriptions of the land and people on farms in the western end of southern Ontario along Lake Erie. Kind of short of plot though. 6/10

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