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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Emblem Editions (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771086490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771086496
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,830,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like the migrating butterflies entomologist Liz Crane studies, she too has returned to her ancestral summer home on Canada’s northern shore of Lake Erie, a trek she has joyfully made since childhood. Now, it is a land in decline, like Liz herself, suffering the ruination brought about by the unexplained disappearance of her charismatic uncle, Stanley, and the deaths of her beloved cousin Mandy, who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan, and Liz’s first love, migrant worker Teo. As Liz moves into the decaying family farmhouse with its ghosts of generations of “great-greats,” she struggles to bring order to the chaos that left her family in disarray, relying on her knowledge of the migratory nature of butterflies to make sense of the more erratic behavior of human beings, with their secrets, lies, obsessions, and acts of betrayal. In precise yet passionate prose, acclaimed Canadian writer Urquhart (A Map of Glass, 2006) poignantly explores the ephemeral and transitory nature of love and family duty, offering a melancholy meditation on these gossamer but powerful ties. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Urquhart's prose is as smooth and uncluttered as Margaret Atwood's."
The Observer

"The most compelling depiction of the sense of place in human lives."
—Alice Munro

"Urquhart weaves centuries and stories together… She displays a masterful command of language and a grasp of the complexities that form the tapestry of each individual person."
Winnipeg Free Press

"Jane Urquhart is one of the country's most accomplished writers."
London Free Press

"No other Canadian novelist knows more about the history of rural southern Ontario than Jane Urquhart."
Toronto Star

"Sanctuary Line is a book lover's novel… her writing is often beautiful, stirring"
The Globe and Mail

"Urquhart's prose is pure gold…"
Winnipeg Free Press

"Urquhart builds stories like an architect… and the brilliance of Urquhart's powerful ending is that it makes us want to start again…"
Toronto Star

"Measured, dignified, calm on the surface but containing as much thematic richness and plain literary pleasure as a reader could care to dig for…"
—Montreal Gazette

"I'm grateful to have spent time with Sanctuary Line and soaked up Urquhart's nuanced wisdom…"
Vancouver Sun

"Urquhart has a great gift for the historical novel, for the melding of ideas, events and individuals into a significant whole."
—Claire Messud, The Globe and Mail


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Customer Reviews

The language is taut and poetic and the story-line strong and captivating.
wallis
There's definitely plot here, but you will need patience since it does move slowly, maybe I should say Luxuriously.
Neal Reynolds
I loved how the memories seeped into the present and I loved learning about the Monarch's flight and struggles.
C. Irish

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger Brunyate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a novel about memory, nostalgic, partial, sometimes painful, but always intriguing. At any time, a person's mind potentially holds the sum total of all her experience, though she may not be able to access all of it. She may have forgotten details, until reminded by revisiting a place or picking up a keepsake. There may be memories too hurtful to recall, until the recounting of simpler things clears a pathway to them. There may be things that she cannot understand until the light of maturity suddenly reveals their meaning. Unlike a tale told chronologically, a novel based on memory contains its entire story in outline from the first pages on -- although it remains unclear in detail, emotion, and significance until we have lived long enough in the narrator's mind to explore her past from within. And Jane Urquhart, in the gradual unspooling of memory that is the essence of her latest novel, allows us to inhabit the mind of Liz Crane, her protagonist and narrator, as though it were our own.

Liz is an entomologist, working at a sanctuary situated on a promontory of the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. She studies the Monarch butterfly, which migrates annually from Canada to Mexico and back again, the task being spread between several generations, dying so that others may live. Urquhart makes this a metaphor for the theme of human migration over successive generations that threads through this book. As a child, Liz would spend her summers at her uncle's orchard farm, worked each year by families flown in from Mexico, whose children she would get to know. Her own family, the Butlers, emigrated from Ireland a century before, settling on both the American and Canadian sides of the lake; the novel is full of their stories of risk-taking and loss.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on November 12, 2013
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SANCTUARY LINE isn't for the impatient reader. So prepare yourself. Have some calming music playing in the background, and a beverage that has a relaxing effect on the table next to you. This may be one you want to read over several days rather than in one or two sittings.

There's much about butterflies here and that's one learning experience you can expect while reading this. There's poetry here as others have pointed out. There's definitely plot here, but you will need patience since it does move slowly, maybe I should say Luxuriously.

Prepare yourself properly, and you'll love this book. Highly recommended for those willing to travel slowly to a beautiful conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pleureur. on November 19, 2014
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Jane Urquhart is clearly has a gift for writing, and this book is beautifully composed. However, it is more like a poem than a novel. There is no particular plot -- it is compilation of remembrances of things and people past, ancestors, family history, and the like.

Unfortunately when she attempts to spin a lengthy narrative, about her childhood and her deceased cousin Mandy, the story ultimately falls flat. I found the resolution of both of these stories to be very pat, in that the death of the characters conveniently eliminated the need to resolve the complex issues that their lives contained. I felt the book would have been much better leaving them unresolved and raw, instead of answering these questions in what is ultimately a rather soap-opera-like fashion. It felt very trite and was disappointing.

Additionally there was a thread running throughout the book that relationships between people of different ethnic groups, particularly romantic relationships, are doomed to complete failure. There are three very negative examples of such relationships, and no positive examples. There is a clear message that cultural differences present too enormous of a gulf, and can never be bridged.

The book was very meandering and so should not be read by someone looking for a linear story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Fenner VINE VOICE on December 16, 2014
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It has been a long time since I considered staying up to finish a book, but this almost made it! Whoa! Absolutely a page-turner, but not as you might traditionally expect. It is not, as the blurbs might suggest, a standard story about a woman who returns to her family homestead and finds true love. Indeed, there are none of the usual quotidian details, like "She woke early to see the sun shine over the lake, and made herself a mug of tea." It is as if it were being related to someone, and mostly concerns the mystery of why her superstar uncle disappeared decades before--and even then, it is not like the narrator is Nancy Drew. She is plumbing the memories she has stirred up by returning, perhaps, and in doing so, draws a fascinating picture of a family's history.
I cannot do justice to how stunning this book is--the language is poetic, in that it describes using fewer, better chosen words than normal in a prose work, but that maybe sounds like pages of Jamesian description- Not at all. This is eminently readable, but I never wanted to skim, and miss an insight or image. It pulls you along! Gradually, the truth, or is it?, is uncovered.
Amazing work!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2014
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Sanctuary Line will appeal to anyone who loves historical fiction. This is a beautifully rendered tale about Liz Crane who goes back to live at the family farm after everyone has died or left, as is the case of her mother who lives in a nearby senior home. Once a thriving farm and orchard, the farm is dilapidated and empty except for the furniture and the remnants left behind by her relatives. Liz had spent her summers growing up at the farm near the shores of Lake Erie and now she lives at the farm alone and studies the migratory path of the Monarch butterfly as well as their life cycle. Liz is very alone as she sifts through all of her memories of the farm trying to make sense of what she witnessed as a young girl. Her cousin, Mandy who she grew up with has recently died in Afghanistan and Liz struggles to come to terms with her death as well as other mysteries that occurred at the farm. Her uncle, Stanley, was a large presence at the farm and his sudden disappearance left the family reeling.

This is a good book to relax and read and step into another era and another life. Jane Urquhart's writing is sublime and very enjoyable. I loved how the memories seeped into the present and I loved learning about the Monarch's flight and struggles. Good read!!!
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