Paperback - 1997
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Emblem : McClelland & Stewart, 1997, c1993.
Edition: Trade pbk edition
ISBN: 9780771086502
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,21 cm.


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Aug 03, 2019

Although she may be well known, this is the first I have heard of Urquart, but I loved the writing. Even more so was the geography being in central Ontario: Queensborough, Madoc, Tweed. I spent the summer of 1990 there working with the Ontario Department of Mines. I could easily envision the environment being discussed. Loved IT !!!

Mar 24, 2019

One of my favourite books ... love, faith Irish culture. The audio book is fantastic!

Mar 02, 2013

I really connected with the book as my own ancestors came from Ireland at about the same time as the setting for this book. I thought it was a wonderful story.

Feb 26, 2013

Canada Reads, huh? I had to read this for a CanLit course in university in the 90s and recall it being quite dreary and not to my liking, but good luck!

Feb 07, 2013

Be swept back to 1840s Ireland at the start of the Great Famine (Irish Potato Famine). Here the four generations of stories told from Esther's POV which you get to see into each of the characters and their attachment to land or sea. Yet, also see how their history was told through poems, songs/dance and stories to future generations. It just might sweep you away (or not).

Jan 05, 2013

A worthy "Canada Reads 2013" candidate. The several-decades account is quite gripping and lyrically written.

swalker16 Dec 30, 2012

I loved this book so much I'm going to buy it for my bookshelf. The language is beautiful and the story compelling. Anyone with Irish roots will enjoy this book as it gives a glimpse into the hardships experienced in Ireland that drove so many to travel across an ocean not knowing what was waiting on the other side. It also speaks of the prejudices new immigrants experience - unfortunately this is still happening today.

Dec 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012, just finished "February" by Lisa Moore, and now will start this one, the second in my reading list of the picks for "Canada Reads" 2013. Hope I get them all done before the debates start!....Dec 19, finished it.....can't say that this was my cup of tea......while it wasn't painful, I think it went over my head, just left me with that "Well what was that all about?" feeling! on to "The Shipping News"

Oct 20, 2012

I know a bit about N. Ireland and its history; I know very little about Canadian history during the period of the Irish immigration; as a result, I found this book interesting and enlightening. The writing is prose and poetry and lovely to read but difficult (for a cretin like me). In the end, I'm not sure if the author is making a statement about history or about the human condition.

Jul 28, 2011

A wonderful historical fiction novel by Canadian author Jane Urquhart. Surreal discriptions and excellent poetry.


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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

This novel follows a family from 1840 Ireland to their new home in Canada.

Winner of the 1993 Trillium Book Award presented by the Ontario provincial government.


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Jul 28, 2011

"The three most short-lived traces: the trace of a bird on a branch, the trace of a fish on a pool, and the trace of a man on a woman. - an Irish triad."

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