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."
"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
—Amy Brill, author of The Movement of Stars