The Map of True Places
Brunonia Barry, the New York Times bestselling 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...more
Zee Finch is the main character. Her mother died when she was a child. After her mother's death,she spent her time spent stealing boats—a talent that earned her the nickname Trouble. As an adult, she is a respected psycho...more
But enough about settin...more
This book is gripping from paragraph to paragraph--masterfully written, and difficult to put down.
There are elements that hard to take--the main character Zee works closely with severely mentally ill patients then returns home to care for an aging father suffering from advanced Parkinson's. The concept of suicide is also explored repeatedly--tough to swallow at times.
This book weaves together a number of illuminating subjec...more
I liked the use of sailing and Salem's maritime history as practically another character in the book. Many of her characters are likable. However, I didn't seem to be able to connect with the protagonist Zee here as much as the others althou...more
Honestly, what is there not to love about Salem, MA?
For Zee Finch, there’s more to add under the “not” column. A fading father, a memory of a mother gone, a harbor town that simply holds too many reminders of a less than stellar youth.
So, it is with heavy baggage and much regret that she finds herself dislodged from far away Boston and set on a rip current back to her homeland. It is the ghost of family past coupled with a much more recent case...more
I liked this book, but I think I would have liked it more if it had been the first one I had read. Though the plots are different,...more
I've been trying to tease out the reasons for this, so here goes. First of all, there was not nearly as much supernatural/magical realism. I really loved the tastes of the not-quite-explainable that I got by reading the Lace Reader. Although there i...more
bridge into the river. Someone tried to stop her but was too late. Zee, engaged to a very upscale guy named Michael, crumbled. She was convinced that the woman didn't take her own life, she was pushed to it. She had a male friend named Adam which whom she was having an affair and who had abused her many times. Zee thinks it was his fault.
The issue haun...more
Zee struggles with her father's failing mental health, and her own past surrounding her mother's suicide. Similar to "The Lace Reader," this book has a great plot twist, si...more
“She carefully placed the bottle into t...more
Zee Finch is a young woman tormented by her past and present. She watched her mentally ill mother commit suicide in a particularly horrific manner. Now a therapist h...more
But this novel is filled to overflowing. There is so much going on, so many subplots that it feels bloated. A number of them w...more
Zee moves back to Salem to tak...more
So, I found Zee's relationship with her father Finch heartbreaking, since she is watching him gradually lose himself. And equally difficult is watching Melville, Finch's...more
This novel, a companion book to The Lace Reader by the author, is the book I finished reading today for my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (January 15, 2013). Our book club picked this book because we loved The Lace Reader, and I very much enjoyed this book, even if coincidence is stretched nearly to the breaking point in the plot.
It is 2008, and thirty-two year old Zee Finch is a psychotherapist in Boston, engaged to one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. However, she feels off...more
I had high expectations for this book. Brunonia Barry is a great writer, her prose sm...more
She also is mourning a patient of hers, a bi-polar woman named Lilly who committed suicide an...more
It's hard for me to categorize this novel: it's a mystery, it's literary fiction, it's a thriller, it's even a bit fantastical. I described the main plotline above, but there are sidelin...more
While the story doesn't necessarily have that happily ever after ending and at times felt really depressing, the characters seemed so real that it didn't matter. For me, this is what a well written book is all about.
The few quibbles I had was that it seemed at the end of every sentence a character spoke, the author wrote 'she said/he said'. I don't know if it was the way the narrator was reading it or no...more
Barry's love of theater led to a...more