I have not been close to many people, Jerome, but I know, that once they leave us they become insubstantial, and no matter how we try we cannot hold them .The dead don't answer when we call them. The dead are not our friends. Jerome, a young artist, while spending a few months in the wilds of Northern Ontario, stumbles across a man frozen in the forest. A year later, Sylvia, a middle aged woman, shows up at his studio in Toronto. She is the dead man's lover. Andrew's ice-encased body has haunted Jerome's dreams; Sylvia has never recovered from losing the only man she has ever loved. And now before she forgets, before the past slips irretrievably through her fingers, she wants to recount her story to the stranger who discovered him. It is a story that stretches long and wide: it begins with Syvia and the illness which prevents her from being touched by anyone; her barren marriage to a doctor and a chance encounter with Andrew, a land surveyor; their shared passion for the land and its history; the beginning of desire and their secret affair; the stories he tells her of his ancestors and his tragic illness that finally separates them.
Tender, elegaic and beautifully written, Map of Glass is a deeply romantic and moving novel about the fragility of love and memory, and the redemptive power of stories.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC