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Fiction Literary

Changing Heaven

by (author) Jane Urquhart

Publisher
McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Sep 1996
Category
Literary, Historical
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771086298
    Publish Date
    May 2011
    List Price
    $21.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780771086632
    Publish Date
    Sep 1996
    List Price
    $21

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Two worlds are intertwined in this hauntingly beautiful story as it moves from Toronto to the English moors and to Venice, Italy. The time frame shifts between present and past, linking the lives of a young Brontë scholar (a woman in the throes of a troubled love affair), a turn-of-the-century female balloonist, and an elusive explorer with the ghost – or the memory – of Emily Brontë. Urquhart reveals something about the act of artistic creation, the ways in which stories enter our lives, and about the cyclical nature of love throughout time. This is a novel of darkness and light, of intense weather and inner calm.

From the Hardcover 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 brilliant success…Jane Urquhart’s beautifully written book throbs with the storm of wind and passion.”
Saturday Night
“Piercingly beautiful…an intoxicating fiction…”
Publishers Weekly
“She is clearly a courageous stylist with a unique vision.”
–Timothy Findley, Books in Canada

“A gripping story of erotic obsession.…”
Edmonton Journal
“An accomplished novel which boldly explores new ground.…Urquhart’s prose is deft and elegant.”
Literary Review (U.K.)

From the Hardcover edition.

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