The Cartographer of No Man's Land

By P. S. Duffy
(Liveright Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 9780871403766, 384pp.)

Publication Date: October 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the 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


Description
In the tradition of Robert Goolrick s A Reliable Wife and Karl Marlantes s Matterhorn, P. S. Duffy s astonishing debut showcases a rare and instinctive talent emerging in midlife. Her novel leaps across the Atlantic, between a father at war and a son coming of age at home without him. 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 the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief. With the intimacy of The Song of Achilles and the epic scope of The Invisible Bridge, 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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