We’re jumping right in to our second November book club with The Cartographer of No Man’s Land (Liveright) by P.S. Duffy. Set partly in Nova Scotia and partly in Europe, this World War I novel is about a family divided by war. Angus enlists for the war and travels to Europe to find the answers that both he and his wife needs. Along the way Angus discovers more than he ever wanted to know.
This novel gave this American a glimpse of life in Canada when the world was in turmoil. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Grab your copy of The Cartographer of No Man’s Land and join From Left to Write members on November 14 as we discuss this historical fiction.