P. S. Duffy was born in China and grew up in the United States. She spent over thirty summers sailing in Nova Scotia, where her ancestors had settled in the 1750s and where the home front chapters of The Cartographer of No Man’s Land take place.
She has a degree in history and a doctorate in communication disorders and is the author of essays, flash fiction, an academic text, and a memoir of her family’s time in 1940s China. Retired from a clinical and research career in neurologically based communication disorders, she now combines creative writing with writing in the neurosciences for the Mayo Clinic. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband. The Cartographer of No Man’s Land is her first novel.
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