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The Underpainter

by Jane Urquhart

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list price: $21.00
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published: May 2011
ISBN:9780771086243
imprint: Emblem Editions
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The Underpainter is a novel of interwoven lives in which the world of art collides with the realm of human emotion. It is the story of Austin Fraser, an American painter now in his later years, who is haunted by memories of those whose lives most deeply touched his own, including a young Canadian soldier and china painter and the beautiful model who becomes Austin’s mistress. Spanning decades, the setting moves from upstate New York to the northern shores of two Great Lakes; from France in World War One to New York City in the ’20s and ’30s. Brilliantly depicting landscape and the geography of the imagination, The Underpainter is Jane Urquhart’s most accomplished novel to date.

About the Author
Jane Urquhart is the author of five internationally acclaimed and award-winning novels. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and three books of poetry. Urquhart has been named a Chevalier dan l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and received numerous honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa and at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and, during the winter and spring of 1997, she held the Presidential Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She was born in Little Long Lac, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto.
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JANE URQUHART is the author of six internationally acclaimed novels: The Whirlpool, Changing Heaven, Away, The Underpainter, The Stone Carvers, and A Map of Glass. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, three books of poetry, and recently a short biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery for the Extraordinary Canadians series. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and is a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Editorial Review

“Her language is pure, dazzling in its precision, like the etching of ice on glass.”
Globe and Mail

“A painterly masterwork…poignant in each of its several landscapes and subtle in tracing the mingled nuances of love and pain.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“The detached eye of the narrator never falters, though passion hums beneath the surface like some vast primeval beast beneath the ice.”
The Independent (U.K.)

“Writing with the eye of a painter, Urquhart transforms the energy of the world into enduring literature.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record

“Urquhart is one of Canada’s most accomplished and interesting writers.”
Edmonton Journal

“Original and dazzling, radiant and quietly perceptive, Urquhart’s new novel delights the senses even as it astonishes the mind.…”
London Free Press

“A lyrical novel with a deep, unsentimental connection to ordinary life…[Urquhart’s] language is vivid enough to take your breath away.”
Boston Globe

“Urquhart explores the ability to love and the failure to love; the visual pictures and images of humanity beneath the surfaces on which art is created. The Underpainter is a savory read.”
Flare

“Urquhart’s evocation of time and place shimmers with clarity.…”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Urquhart has written a novel whose narrative power matches her delicate artistry with words…lodges in the mind and heart forever.”
–Montreal Gazette

“Richly textured prose, and an intricate, many layered structure.”
Sunday Times (U.K.)

“A rich, multifaceted story, skillfully told.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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