The Mapmaker's Children

The Mapmaker's Children

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"The Mapmaker's Children is the story of Sarah Brown, the vibrant, talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown. Her conventional life trajectory is dynamically changed when she's told the shocking news that she can't bear children and stumbles into her father's work on the Underground Railroad. Realizing that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the movement's leading mapmakers. Since many runaways are unable to read and cannot carry obvious maps demarcating safe houses, Sarah takes her cues from the slave code quilts of her abolitionist colleagues, hiding her maps within her paintings. But joining the mission makes her a target for the same bigotry and hatred that led to the execution of her father and is steering the country toward a bloody civil war. Interwoven with Sarah's adventure is the present-day story of Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, who moves to an old house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. 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. Sarah and Eden's connection bridges the past and present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love and legacy in a new way"-- Provided by publisher.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385348911
0385348916
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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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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