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P.S. Duffy
The Cartographer of No Man's Land



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Ebbin Hant is missing somewhere on the bloody battlefields of WWI Europe. His brother-in-law, Angus MacGrath — from the small Nova Scotian fishing village — enlists in the Canadian Forces in a desperate attempt to find his best friend. Hoping to be posted to a position as a cartographer in London, far from the action, Angus is instead transferred to the infantry and sent to fight on the front lines at Vimy Ridge. There he will discover the truth about Ebbin, a truth that can only be understood in the surreal slaughter of war.


Praise for P.S. Duffy's The Cartographer of No Man's Land:

"Duffy writes well... about war's privations. Her heroes are not reticent Hemingway types, and her descriptions, especially those of battle, are rich. The novel succeeds most in evoking the Canadian maritimes, whose resilient seafaring ways Duffy, a native whose family has lived in Nova Scotia for generations, is amply qualified to address. Duffy says of Angus on his return home, "He would not talk about the war. He barely talked at all." Yet to him and his unsung Canadian comrades Duffy has given a memorable voice." —BookPage

"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 Fever

Cutting 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


Length: 384 pages
Setting: Nova Scotia/Europe
Period: WWI
Genre/Category: Literary fiction
Publication Date: October 29 2013

English Canada rights, Penguin Canada

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P.S. Duffy

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.