Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart
McClelland & Stewart Ltd., Toronto, On, 2010
From my to-be-read pile. Long-listed for the 2010 Giller Prize.
I first discovered Jane Urquhart by accident when I picked up “Away” off my library shelves. I have followed her work ever since.
Sanctuary Line is the story of an Ontario farming family with roots in Ireland. Liz Crane has returned to the family farm, works measuring the wings of Monarch Butterflies and regularly visits her mother at a place called The Golden Field and finds memories rising every time she picks up an object or looks out a window.
Haunted by the death of her cousin Mandy, Liz finds herself tangled in the stories of her large and varied family. Drawn to the past, sifting through memories, she slowly discovers a truth that has been hidden for years.
Urquhart is an author whose characters are firmly rooted in the past. Her novels delve into family histories, family secrets and what brings the past into the present.