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by Jane Urquhart

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ISBN: 978-1-56792-171-7
Pages: 224
Size: 5.2" x 8.3"
Published: September 2000
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In this stunning debut novel, the Canadian novelist Jane Urquhart stakes her claim as a major storyteller of our generation. It is the summer of 1889 and on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the undertaker's wife is busy, for this is the season of crazy stunts and frequent accidents. Across the street, in Kirk's Hotel, lives David McDougal, an obsessive military historian haunted by his past and by a wife whose own dreams move to the sonorous rhythms of Browning's poetry and take shape in the woods beside a whirlpool. And it is here, in a glade below the falls, that she first encounters the poet, Patrick, the man destined to change her life.

This is a book combining a dreamlike, lyric texture with a certain and sensual voice. The people inhabiting its landscape are all caught up in the whirlpool's inexorable embrace, their destinies are altered in mid-stream, the courses of their lives shifted back and forth by darker, more sinister currents. This is a strange (and in some ways a very strange), compelling, and utterly convincing tale of Victorian obsession, freshly recreated by a virtuoso of the imagination and of prose style. 

Praise for The Whirlpool

The Whirlpool is a jewel of a book: its finely polished facets are full of light, yet suggest numerous depths … Urquhart's moody, incisive and shimmering prose, her cleverness and wit soar. —Toronto Globe and Mail
Urquhart's dreamy, circular prose draws the reader in as surely as her characters are pulled to their destiny by the inescapable suction of the whirlpool. Highly recommended. —Library Journal
A strange and sensual first novel. . . Miss Urquhart is a special writer, worth watching on both sides of Niagara Falls. —The New York Times
Jane Urquhart
Jane Urquhart was born in Little Long Lac, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of three books of poetry, a collection of short fiction, and four novels. Her fiction has been widely translated and has earned her the Trillium Award, the Marian Engel Award, and Le prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France. Her fourth novel, The Underpainter, won the 1997 Governor General's Award. She was recently named a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. She lives in southwestern Ontario.