The Cartographer Of No Man's Land by P S DuffyThe Cartographer Of No Man's Land by P S Duffy

The Cartographer Of No Man's Land

byP S Duffy

Paperback | October 29, 2013

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From a hardscrabble fishing village in Nova Scotia to the collapsing trenches of France, an astonishing debut novel about family divided by the great war. 

Nova Scotia, 1916. Angus MacGrath, a skilled sailor and navigator, is lost—caught between a remote wife, a disapproving father, and a son seeking guidance. An ocean away from his coastal village, missing is Ebbin Hant, Angus's adventurous brother-in-law and best friend. Ebbin's unknown fate sets angus on an uncharted course with profound consequences for those he loves and those he comes to love.

In search of his own purpose and hoping against all odds to find Ebbin, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing and enlists. Assured a safe job as a military cartographer in London, he is instead assigned to the infantry and sent to the blood-soaked mud of the front-line trenches in France, where he begins his search.

At home his young son, Simon Peter, once wide-eyed about the war—clipping stories and sneaking propaganda—must navigate uncertain loyalties ina village succumbing to war fever. Separated by the ocean they once sailed together, Angus and Simon Peter search for what it takes to survive, each trying in his own way to return to the other. Every character in this exquisitely told story seeks to protect what matters most in the face of war's upheaval. 

Drawing on extensive research and years of sailing in Nova Scotia, and inspired by the silent testament of sacrifice in the battlefield cemeteries of France, P. S. Duffy brings us a breathtaking work of historical fiction, epic in scope but intimately rendered.  The Cartographer of No Man's Land   is a novel about the immutable thirst for meaning in a shifting, uncertain landscape.

P.S. Duffy traces her Nova Scotian roots back over  250 years. She herself sailed in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia,  for thirty summers. She is a science writer for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester , Minnesota, where she lives with her husband.  The Cartographer of No Man's Land  is her first novel.
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Title:The Cartographer Of No Man's LandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6.2 × 1 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143186868

ISBN - 13:9780143186861

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“The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is less of a book about maps and World War I than it is about boys becoming men, men discovering who they are, and the connections between fathers and sons. The book travels from the mud and blood of the front to a fishing village in Nova Scotia, all the while showing how the shifting landscape of war can both divide a family and bring it together. P.S. Duffy spent many years writing this remarkable debut; The Cartographer of No Man’s Land was worth the wait.” - Alexi Zentner, author of Touch“First time novelist P.S. Duffy writes with the seasoned hand of an established author. Her handling of Vimy Ridge, the depth of her characters and the pacing of her story draws the reader in admirably.” - Donna Morrissey, author of The Deception of Livvy Higgs“Brilliant. The description of front line action in the trenches is impressively real, and the ending blessedly free from sentimentality. Altogether a remarkable debut.” - Simon Mawer, author of Trapeze and The Glass Room“Never once while reading The Cartographer of No Man’s Land did I doubt Duffy’s authority. To call this novel a coming-of-age story is not nearly enough; every character in this beautiful novel – young or old – is faced with a rapidly changing world and the task of finding firm-footing within it. By the end I was so immersed in this story that I swear I could hear water lapping the pilings.” - Mary Beth Keane, author of FeverCutting deftly between a father at war and a son at home, The Cartographer of No Man's Land is a graceful, dignified look at all the ways in which war is endured. - Jessica Francis Kane, author of The Report"A haunting meditation on family, friendship, and sacrifice, The Cartographer of No Man's Land charts a deeply felt course from the Nova Scotia coastline to the trenches of Europe, bridging the distance between past and present, duty and honor, obligation and love. A powerful debut." - Amy Brill, Author of The Movement of Stars