The Map of True Places

The Map of True Places

Book - 2010
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"Masterfully woven...The Map of True Places is a gripping quest for truth that kept me reading at the edge of my seat to the very last page."
--Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

Brunonia Barry, author of the beloved New York Times and international bestseller The Lace Reader is back with The Map of True Places, an emotionally resonant novel of tragedy, secrets, identity, and love. The moving and remarkable tale of a psychotherapist who discovers the strands of her own life in the death of a troubled patient, The Map of True Places is another glorious display of the unique storytelling prowess that inspired Toronto's Globe and Mail to exclaim, "Brunonia Barry can write. Boy can she write."

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061624780
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 24 cm.


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brianreynolds Dec 06, 2016

Thrice cursed Zee Finch ought to be a sympathetic heroine in Brunonia Barry’s The Map of True Places. The reader ought to cheer for her as she fumbles with sextants and the names of stars (strong metaphors but somewhat weak plot elements) in her quest to navigate the picturesque scenery of modern day Salem, Mass. While trying to juggle three failures at the same time (wedding planning, parental care-giving, and patient saving) she fumbles them all and stresses instead about her dead mother’s demise. Barry’s prose is as careful and her plotting as clever as in her first book, but Salem has lost some of its luster and Zee, by the end, is dropping the ball on so many sudden new crises that she needs a somewhat unrealistic superhero to put out all the fires. A good read, for sure. Thrilling in places. Thin on “true places” and celestial navigation.

Jul 12, 2014

I got this book out of the library along with a pile of others, for my Granny to read while she was in hospital. She didn't think this one looked like her sort of book.
I was going to take this book straight back to the library, then decided I would just read it first.
Soooo glad I did! It is just brilliant! Such a rich story :-)

Aug 16, 2012

I found the first three-quarters very interesting and then it dragged.

Sep 26, 2010

Another great story from Brunonia Barry. Set in Salem it is the story of a woman who must come back to Salem to care for her aging father, and in the process rediscover who she is. Great character development. A very compelling read.

Aug 23, 2010

Though not as exciting as The Lace Reader (in my opinion), The Map of True Places drew me in. The story is about Zee Finch, a young psychologist who discovers as much about herself as she does her patients. The book touches on the intricate nature of relationships and the cost of holding on to them in the face of suicide, betrayal, violence and mental illness.


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