The Mapmaker's Children

The Mapmaker's Children

A Novel

Book - 2015
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter , a story of family, love, and courage

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad's leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can't bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar--the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden's woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385348904
Branch Call Number: F MCC
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 25 cm

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LoganLib_Phoebe Oct 15, 2015

A fascinating story told across past and present with memorable characters (of the canine variety too). A section at the back tells the true history of Sarah Brown.

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EmilyEm
Sep 06, 2015

'The Mapmaker's Children' was a book with an intriguing title with one character based on the life and work of infamous John Brown's daughter Sarah. The other main character Eden lives in what she thinks is a home in West Virginia that entirely for market value she wants to get on the National Register.
McCoy has put together a page-turning story from the Civil War and our own time. Sarah finds ways to use her art to further the Abolitionist cause while Eden heals from the the heartbreak of childlessness.

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