The Mapmaker's Children

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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

SARAH McCOY is the New York Times bestselling author of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee The Baker's Daughter and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband and their dog, Gilbert, in El Paso, Texas.


Praise for The Mapmaker's Children

"McCoy deftly intertwines a historical tale with a modern one... lovingly constructed... passionately told... The Mapmaker's Children not only honors the accomplishments of a little-known woman but artfully demonstrates how fate carries us in unexpected directions, no matter how we might try to map out our lives." -- The Washington Post

"McCoy carefully juxtaposes the past and the present, highlighting the characters' true introspection, and slowly revealing the unusual similarities in the two woman's lives, which leads to a riveting conclusion."-- Publisher's Weekly

"El Paso writer Sarah McCoy mined the archives for information about Brown's daughter Sarah, an artist who is the titular character of her latest novel, The Mapmaker's Children. The lacing of the two plots is seamless... [McCoy]'s unquestionably a gifted author." -- Dallas Morning News

"The Mapmaker's Children is marked by rich, closely observed storytelling full of warmth and heart." --Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling 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 bestselling 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

"Engaging and emotionally charged...Eden's realization that 'what fable and history could agree upon was that everyone was searching for their ever-after, whatever that may be' neatly sums up the novel's heart--it's about the family and the life we create, not always the ones we imagine for ourselves." --Kirkus Reviews

"In vibrant yet unassuming prose, McCoy tells a story of womanhood past and present, asking big questions about family, courage and love. Readers will enjoy solving the historical puzzle of the doll's origins, but the book's true strength is its portrayal of Eden and Sarah: two brave women bound together by the difficult, noble work of building worthwhile lives." -- Shelf Awareness

"A fascinating peek into the personal life of the legendary John Brown and keep the pages turning. The Mapmaker's Children serves as a reminder of how objects persist, such as Sarah's doll, and how memories connected with those objects can last through generations." --BookPage