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Liveright
384 pages
Product Description
<p><strong>From a hardscrabble village in Nova Scotia to the collapsing trenches of France, a debut novel about a family divided by World War I.</strong></p>In the tradition of Robert Goolrick’s <em>A Reliable Wife</em> and Karl Marlantes’s <em>Matterhorn</em>, 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.<br /><br /> 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 <em>The Song of Achilles</em> and the epic scope of<em> The Invisible Bridge</em>, <em>The Cartographer of No Man’s Land</em> offers a soulful portrayal of World War I and the lives that were forever changed by it, both on the battlefield and at home.