Thursday Quotables: The Mapmaker’s Children


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.Β  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

NEW! Thursday Quotables is now using a Linky tool! Be sure to add your link if you have a Thursday Quotables post to share.

Mapmaker's Children


The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy
(published May 5, 2015 )

In this historical novel about the daughter of abolitionist John Brown and their family’s legacy, Sarah Brown experiences a terrible loss and its aftermath:

The grief that had hardened to bitterness in her brothers was purified like boiled water in Sarah. Her father’s death wasn’t an end to his mission but the beginning of something greater.

People were capable of more love and benevolence than they realized. The collective public voice did not always represent the individual heart. Yes, there were terrible men doing terrible deeds to one another. Men in this very town who abused others based on the color of their skin. There were prideful men who thought their marrow was made of more golden stuff than others’. Her father had proven to them all: when a beating heart stopped, there was no black or white, only blood-red. The flesh was equal. It was the character of a man that made him better or worse.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Click on the linky button (look for the cute froggie face) below to add your link.
  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!

13 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Mapmaker’s Children

    • I love the cover too, and I liked the idea of focusing on John Brown’s family and the impact that his public actions had on their private lives. Thanks!

    • I hope you do! It’s pretty low pressure, LOL. I can usually come up with at least one passage from my reading each week that I’m just dying to share. πŸ™‚

  1. I just bought the audio of this to listen to and can’t wait! I’m looking forward to finally meeting Sarah in a couple of weeks when she hits my area as part of her book tour

Comments... We love comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s