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P.S. Duffy

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P.S. Duffy was born in central China and grew up in New England and Maryland. She spent 35 summers sailing in Nova Scotia where her family roots go back to the 1750s. She has a degree in History from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and a Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is a writer in the neurosciences for Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN where she lives with her husband. The Cartographer of No Man's Land is her third book and first novel.

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P.S. Duffy Dear Caroline,

Thanks so much for sharing your response to The Cartographer of No Man’s Land. "Up there with Birdsong" is high praise, and I’m so glad…more
Dear Caroline,

Thanks so much for sharing your response to The Cartographer of No Man’s Land. "Up there with Birdsong" is high praise, and I’m so glad the novel resonated with you. In answer to your thoughtful question, my original inspiration was to write about the effects of transformative loss on father-son relationships, centering on a fictional tragedy at sea in Nova Scotia, a place dear to my heart. I was going to set it in the early 1920s when cod fishing was still conducted by sail. Given that WW I would have so recently ended, I began to research it as well. I was so emotionally and spiritually moved by it, especially during in-person research at the battlefields of France, that “transformative loss” took on new meaning. Among those silent gravestones, bearing witness to the inestimable sacrifice, one simply falls to one’s knees. And so it was that the real story of the novel I’d set out to write came to me.

Let me know if you have other questions,

My best regards,
Penny Duffy
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“Through the silence he could hear the wind moan across a future landscape, sharing Earth’s sorrow, unable to bind up her wounds.”
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