Welcome to Maplehurst.

“In one sense, Placemaker is a particular story rooted in a Pennsylvania farmhouse and shaded by the canopies of tall and aging trees. In another sense, it’s the universal story, swept up and carried in the river of human longing: to belong.”

– Jen Pollock Michel, award-winning author of Teach Us to WantKeeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox

Weaving together my family’s journey with stories of botanical marvels and the histories of the flawed yet inspiring placemakers who shaped the land generations ago, I invite my readers to clap their hands along with the trees of the fields. Placemaker is a timely reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know. A call to tend the soul, the land, and the places we share with one another. A reminder that we are always headed home.

“Carl Rogers said, ‘What is most personal is most universal.’ I kept thinking of that while reading Christie Purifoy’s smart and beautiful book.”

– John Blase, author and poet (The Jubilee)   

 

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