Unpacked: from PEI to PALAWAN: by mo duffy cobb

book cover of Unpacked: From PEI to Palawan

“This is a charming, poignant, and at times touchingly hilarious memoir of travel, love, loss and healing. With her wise and effervescent voice, Mo Duffy Cobb takes us on a journey to South East Asia with her young family after the death of her baby. But this is not just a travel memoir; it is an intimate voyage through the unpredictable and ultimately restorative landscape of grief.” Christy Ann Conlin, Author of The Memento 

“Through her beautiful, winding story of backpacking across Asia—husband and toddler in tow—Mo Duffy Cobb shows how grief can sometimes propel us forward, first into the unruly unknown then, slowly, toward a new sense of home.” Katherine J. Barrett, Editor-in-Chief of Understorey Magazine

“Becoming a mom is not unlike world travel off the beaten path. Both are fraught with unexpected trials and joys, laughter, anxiety and sometimes, tears. Mo Duffy Cobb’s memoir captures the awe-inspiring, often comedic journey of motherhood, the shocking twists of grief and the unexpected healing powers of international travel.” —Marnie Woodrow, author of Heyday  

 about the book

Unpacked: From PEI to Palawan is a travel memoir of a young family, brokenhearted and hungry for change, that take off on an around the world journey of love and redemption.

Narrative driven, Unpacked is the passionate and candid story of a family struggling to cope with the stillbirth of their second daughter and the bewildering months that came after, and follows their decision to pack up their two-year old daughter and to travel through Southeast Asia.
Broken-hearted, they leave 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.

The inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for their marriage, Unpacked reveals the scenes that bring the narrator out of the pain and into the perspective of a new world.

After twelve countries, nine months and one unforgettable journey, this 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.