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.
"The Mapmaker's Children is marked by rich, closely observed storytelling full of warmth and heart." (Charles Frazier, New York Times best-selling author of National Book Award winner Cold Mountain)
"I love the way this novel connects the past to the present. At first, these two heroines from different centuries seem to have little in common. But defining moments of bravery and resilience echo across generations for a truly satisfying story." (Laura Moriarty, New York Times best-selling author of The Chaperone)
"Poignant and deeply absorbing. McCoy weaves this moving tale of two women finding their way with style and thoughtfulness." (Madeline Miller, New York Times best-selling author of Orange Prize winner The Song of Achilles)
"Sarah McCoy has illuminated a forgotten corner of American history with her signature empathy and spirit." (Mary Doria Russell, author of Doc and Epitaph)
"Linking a contemporary woman named Eden with the daughter of abolitionist John Brown is a provocative idea, and McCoy has the skills to pull off something talk-worthy." (Library Journal, Hot Book Club Reads for Summer 2015)
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