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Away

by (author) Jane Urquhart

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Apr 2006
Category
Literary, General
  • Audio disc

    ISBN
    9780864923363
    Publish Date
    Aug 2001
    List Price
    $24.95
  • Audio cassette

    ISBN
    9780864922113
    Publish Date
    Jan 2001
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Audio disc

    ISBN
    9780864922090
    Publish Date
    Jan 1998
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    $19.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771086427
    Publish Date
    Aug 2010
    List Price
    $21
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780771086533
    Publish Date
    Apr 2006
    List Price
    $29.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771086502
    Publish Date
    May 1997
    List Price
    $21.00

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A stunning, evocative novel set in Ireland and Canada, Away traces a family’s complex and layered past. The narrative unfolds with shimmering clarity, and takes us from the harsh northern Irish coast in the 1840s to the quarantine stations at Grosse Isle and the barely hospitable land of the Canadian Shield; from the flourishing town of Port Hope to the flooded streets of Montreal; from Ottawa at the time of Confederation to a large-windowed house at the edge of a Great Lake during the present day. Graceful and moving, Away unites the personal and the political as it explores the most private, often darkest corners of our emotions where the things that root us to ourselves endure. Powerful, intricate, lyrical, Away is an unforgettable novel.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the author

Jane Urquhart was born in the far north of Ontario. She is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool, which received France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; Away, winner of the Trillium Award, The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for the Orange Prize in the UK and The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and Britain’s Booker Prize. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and four books of poetry. She has written a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery and was editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Urquhart has received ten honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario and the Royal Military College of Canada. She has served on the Board of PEN Canada, on the Advisory Board for the Restoration of the Vimy Memorial and on several international prize juries including that of the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the American International Neustadt Award.

Her most recent novel, The Night Stages, was released in 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US, McClelland and Stewart in Canada and Oneworld in the UK.

Urquhart lives in southeastern Ontario with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart.

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Editorial Reviews

“A dazzling novel…written by a major novelist at the height of her considerable powers.”
Globe and Mail

“One of those novels that moves in and takes over your life.…Enjoyable not only for its complexity and subtle characterization, but also for the sheer power of Urquhart's writing.…Away is simply a great novel.”
Books in Canada

“Poignant, lilting and emotionally true.…Urquhart [creates] her own spell with language that shimmers.….”
Chicago Tribune

“Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry.”
Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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