The Cartographer of No Man's Land (Paperback)
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
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.
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