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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.
"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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By Amazon Customer on 11-10-17
Good story, but not as good as The Baker’s Daughter
I enjoyed the connection between past and present. I really enjoyed some of the characters- Cleo was my favorite. As far as characters go, though, I enjoyed the characters in The Baker’s Daughter, also by this author, much more.