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The Map of True Places | [Brunonia Barry]

The Map of True Places

Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats—a talent that earned her the nickname Trouble. She’s now a respected psychotherapist working with the world-famous Dr. Liz Mattei. She’s also about to marry one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. But the suicide of Zee’s patient Lilly Braedon throws Zee into emotional chaos and takes her back to places she thought she’d left behind.
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Publisher's Summary

Brunonia Barry, the New York Times best-selling author of The Lace Reader, offers an emotionally compelling novel about finding your true place in the world.

Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats—a talent that earned her the nickname, Trouble. She’s now a respected psychotherapist working with the world-famous Dr. Liz Mattei. She’s also about to marry one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. But the suicide of Zee’s patient Lilly Braedon throws Zee into emotional chaos and takes her back to places she thought she’d left behind.

What starts as a brief visit home to Salem after Lilly’s funeral becomes the beginning of a larger journey for Zee. Her father, Finch, long ago diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, has been hiding how sick he really is. His longtime companion, Melville, has moved out, and it now falls to Zee to help her father through this difficult time. Their relationship, marked by half-truths and the untimely death of her mother, is strained and awkward.

Overwhelmed by her new role, and uncertain about her future, Zee destroys the existing map of her life and begins a new journey, one that will take her not only into her future but into her past as well. Like the sailors of Old Salem who navigated by looking at the stars, Zee has to learn to find her way through uncharted waters to the place she will ultimately call home.

©2010 Brunonia Barry (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

“This is a lovingly told story with many well-drawn characters, who sooner or later consider the courses charted by personal decisions and circumstances.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, CO, United States 04-22-12
    Amazon Customer Fort Collins, CO, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you try another book from Brunonia Barry and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add a more color to the description of the environement.


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    Melville


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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    Any additional comments?

    Alyssa Bresnahan can make a mediocre book worth reading.

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    Sandy Lafayette, LA, USA 07-15-10
    Sandy Lafayette, LA, USA 07-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Map of True Places"

    I really enjoyed this book. I selected it because Brunonia Barry's Lace Reader is on my list of all time favorite books. Map of true places has found it's place on my list too. The story is intricately woven, the characters are complicated but believable. I loved that there was mention of some of Lace Reader's characters. Thank you Ms. Barry for another entertaining book.

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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 06-30-10
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    "Bad Narrator"

    It might have been an awesome book but I couldn't stand more than 20 minutes of the narrator's voice.

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    Dull, plodding plot. Narration was so slow I wanted to hit a "fast forward" butting.

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