“The Mapmaker’s Children” by Sarah McCoy, book review
This is a parallel story of contemporary Eden Anderson and Civil War figure Sarah Brown. Each has their own story and struggles that eventually intertwine in to solve issues in their lives.
Sarah is the daughter of abolitionist John Brown, who is killed for his part in freeing slaves. Sarah wants to help in the effort of the Under Ground Railroad (UGRR) and uses her unique talent of painting to prepare maps that pass as living room art. These maps help many escape, until they are discovered. Later she turns to painting on doll’s heads to depict the way to freedom.
Eden is struggling with the move to New Charleston, WV with her husband. They have been trying unsuccessfully to start a family, and this move is a time of reset for her body and their marriage. In an effort to comfort her, Jack brings her a dog. It does not work! Eden is ready to throw them both out!
In the interim, Jack hires the neighbor girl to care for the dog. Cleo is an interesting figure, but quickly finds friendship with Eden as well as Cricket, the dog.
This story transitions back and forth between the two women as they deal with life and the two stories slowly come closer together.
I enjoyed the book. It had real life like characters and experiences. I appreciated the research and historical notes that the author used to write this book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Broadway books. All opinions expressed are my own.