Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker’s Children, on tour February 2016

Posted By on January 13, 2016

The Mapmaker's Children coverAbout The Mapmaker’s Children

• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Broadway Books (February 9, 2016)

Have you ever wondered if your decisions could change the course of history? Questioned whether or not bad things happen for a reason? In Sarah McCoy’s THE MAPMAKER’S CHILDREN: A Novel (in paperback February 9, 2016), two women’s lives are inextricably linked as they struggle through personal conflicts and wade through mysterious secrets. As the chapters alternate between these two commanding female protagonists, the reader must redefine courage, family, and destiny alongside these two remarkable women.

Sarah Brown, the fiercely independent daughter of abolitionist John Brown, is a talented artist in 1860s West Virginia. When Sarah discovers that she cannot bear children, she turns her skills toward helping others and becomes one of the foremost mapmakers for the Underground Railroad. Taking cues from Slave Quilt codes, she hides maps within her paintings as the United States moves toward a bloody civil war.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Eden Anderson, a modern-day woman struggling to conceive a child, moves into an old house in West Virginia as a last-ditch effort to save her marriage and start a family. When she stumbles across part of an old porcelain doll in the root cellar, Eden slowly uncovers a dramatic connection to the Underground Railroad. 

McCoy, whose novel The Baker’s Daughter was a nominee for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction, spent three years researching the Brown family history. This research became the basis for her inventive narrative, one in which McCoy honorably portrays the spirit of the real Sarah Brown and imagines her ties to the fictional Eden. Skillfully plotted and magnificently transporting, THE MAPMAKER’S CHILDREN highlights the power of community and legacy, illustrating the ways in which history and destiny are interconnected on one enormous, intricate map.

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Sarah McCoy APAbout Sarah McCoy

SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction nominee The Baker’s Daughter as well as The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico and the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central. 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, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas.

Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website,

Sarah’s Tour Stops

Wednesday, February 10th: A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, February 11th: View from the Birdhouse

Friday, February 12th: Calico Critic

Monday, February 15th: Just One More Chapter

Tuesday, February 16th: Puddletown Reviews

Wednesday, February 17th: Curling Up by the Fire

Monday, February 22nd: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Monday, February 22nd: Lavish Bookshelf

Tuesday, February 23rd: Nighttime Reading Center

Wednesday, February 24th: Queen of All She Reads

Thursday, February 25th: Reading to Distraction

Monday, February 29th: Stephany Writes

Tuesday, March 1st: Melissa Lee’s Many Reads

Monday, March 7th: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Tuesday, March 8th: Laura’s Reviews

Thursday, March 10th: Feminist Texican Reads


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