The Cartographer of No Man's Land (Paperback)

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P.S. Duffy’s first novel is simply an excellent read.  Though it is set during WWI, this is not a war novel.  It is a story about family, friendship and survival in a world washing away the old ways with the tide of a modern war.  When Angus MacGrath leaves his family and his beloved boat in Nova Scotia, he thinks he will fight the war safely in London as a cartographer.  His main objective is to locate his dear friend, his wife’s brother who has gone missing.  Soon though, he finds himself on the front, as officers are a rare commodity on the line.  Duffy has done well to offer a uniquely Canadian perspective of that time.  This is a book that can be enjoyed by all.

— Eon Alden

November 2013 Indie Next List


“The Great War has inspired great literature and this novel takes its place in the ranks of unforgettable World War I novels. A pacifist, Angus finds himself at the front while searching for his brother-in-law and discovers that he must not only confront the horrors of combat but also every value he holds. At home, a Canadian fishing village is also being devastated by the results of the war. Duffy deftly portrays the total destruction wrought by combat. A powerful and poignant debut.”
— Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

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From a village in Nova Scotia to the trenches of France, P. S. Duffy's astonishing debut showcases a rare talent emerging in midlife.

When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a town torn by grief. Selected as both a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and one of the American Bookseller Association's Debut Dozen, The Cartographer of No Man's Land offers a soulful portrayal of World War I and the lives that were forever changed by it, both on the battlefield and at home.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780871407771
ISBN-10: 0871407779
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2014
Pages: 371
Language: English

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