Jolene Iolas, a student in upstate New York, encounters MArtin Sloane's work whil visiting a Toronto gallery. Flush with the confidence of youth, she strikes up a correspondence with the older artist, and eventually they become lovers. And then, without warning, without a word, he vanishes. There is no hint of his fate, no chain of cause and effect to be followed. Ten years pass and Jolene learns to stop trying to make sense of what has happened to her. But before she can fully return to life, the opportunity to confront her ghost arises. Word comes that someone named Martin Sloane has been exhibiting artworks identical to Martin's Irish galleries. Seamlessly crafted and beautifully written, Martin Sloane evokes the mysteries of love and art, the weight of history, and what seems to bear memory for the missing and the dead.
Michael Redhill is a poet and playwright. He lives in Toronto. Martin Sloane is his first novel.