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A Number of Things

Stories of Canada Told Through Fifty Objects

by Jane Urquhart, illustrated by Scott McKowen

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ISBN:9781443432078
publisher: HarperCollins
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National bestseller

From one of our nation’s most beloved and iconic authors comes a lyrical 150th birthday gift to Canada

Award-winning author Jane Urquhart explores fifty Canadian objects that tell us who we are in a way never before done. The Globe and Mail praises Urquhart in writing about these objects “with an ethereal, emotional tangibility that is both nostalgic and energetic.” The artefacts include a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist’s shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope, among an array of other unexpected and intriguing objects. Each object is beautifully illustrated by the noted artist Scott McKowen, with Jane Urquhart conjuring and distilling meaning and magic from these unexpected facets of our history.

In this compelling portrait of a completely original country called Canada, a master novelist has given all of us a national birthday bouquet like no other.

 

About the Authors

Jane Urquhart

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Scott McKowen

SCOTT MCKOWEN is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He works in scratchboard, an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. McKowen has illustrated a number of titles for a wide range of publishers. Based in Stratford, Ontario, he operates the design studio Punch & Judy Inc., which creates theatre posters and graphics for leading performance art companies across North America.

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Awards
  • , Walrus Best Book of the Year
Editorial Reviews

“Urquhart has a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a significant whole. Hugely compelling and illuminating.”

— Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children

“Urquhart’s skill with words provides some wonderful imagery [in A Number of Things].”

— Quill & Quire

“[Urquhart] writes with an ethereal, emotional tangibility that is both nostalgic and energetic.”

— The Globe and Mail

“Measured, dignified, calm on the surface, but containing as much thematic richness and pure literary pleasure as a reader could care to dig for . . .”

— Montreal Gazette

“Poignant, lilting, and emotionally true . . . Urquhart creates her own spell with language.”

— Chicago Tribune

“Urquhart is a writer of great intelligence.”

— Scotland on Sunday

“Urquhart writes with a clear, sensuous poetry, locating her imagery in the watery Irish coastline, the wilderness forests of Upper Canada, and a developing urban sprawl on the banks of Lake Ontario.”

— The Times Literary Supplement

“Richly textured prose, and an intricate, many-layered structure.”

— Sunday Times (UK)

“Urquhart excels at making 100 years ago feel as vibrant as yesterday. ”

— The Christian Science Monitor

“Urquhart’s prose is pure gold, the kind that inspires. It has stunning imagery that revitalizes the familiar or illuminates what’s often overlooked.”

— The Winnipeg Free Press

“Urquhart shares Davies’ fascination with the roots of creativity and Carol Shields’ bent for tracing the long arc of character’s fateful transit through time. But she possessed a tartly distinctive voice of her own. It is poetic but not self-indulgent, ironic but not arch.”

— New York Newsday

“Urquhart’s eerie, intense meditations about damaged seekers tracking salvation balance personal chaos with wider reflections on life and loss achieving an odd beauty and unsettling urgency.”

— The Irish Times

“The most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives.”

— Alice Munro

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