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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

Unpacked From PEI to Palawan

by (author) Mo Duffy Cobb

Pottersfield Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Personal Memoirs, Family
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
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Unpacked is the inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for a marriage, a young daughter who rises from confusion, and the scenes and revelations that bring Mo out of her paralyzing grief and into the perspective of a new world.

"I hadn’t always been lost, but Prince Edward Island had suddenly become too small for my grief. My grief needed the whole world. It needed isolation. It needed inspiration. It needed something to change, something to be released. It needed an answer."

In 2008, Maureen and Mitch Cobb took drastic action in the wake of the stillbirth death of their second child, Tya. They packed up two-year-old Leila and set out on a journey through Southeast Asia, a trip of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption. They left their small town in the Maritimes to fill the silence of their grief with the noisy spice markets of Bali, the crashing waves of the Philippines, and the golden surrenders of Borneo’s hot sun. Through twelve countries and nine months, in the chaos of difficult travel plans and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this young family begins to find acceptance in the humanity that surrounds them, the inspiration in each other to continue, and the courage to come back from their complicated grief.

About the author

Mo Duffy Cobb has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction and is the author of Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan (Pottersfield Press, 2017) and The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL (Island Studies Press, 2021). Her writing has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Montreal Writes, Write Magazine, Literary Mama, and has published reviews in The Malahat Review, Empty Mirror, and The East Mag. Mo Duffy Cobb is the founder and editor of Cargo Literary, a digital literary magazine that features transformational travel stories. Duffy Cobb is the former Executive Director of the PEI Writers? Guild, and now helps others complete their manuscripts as an editor and book coach at her freelance business, Plotline Book Coaching (

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