The Map of True Places
From Brunonia Barry, the New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader, comes an emotionally compelling novel about finding your true place in the world.
A respected Boston psychotherapist, Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats. But the actions of a patient throw Zee into emotional chaos and take her back to places she t...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
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
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
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
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
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
“She carefully placed the bottle into t...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
I thought the plot, with so many different story lines, was annoyingly convoluted. All that jumping around in time occasionall...more
But enough about settin...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
LOVE: the descriptive Salem setting; the seemingly accurate portrayal of Finch's (Zee's father) degenerative illness and what we read of his background, and the folklore that is woven in to this novel.
Even with that, I could not immerse myself in this one. I felt like an impartial observer to Zee's life. Other than a twist in her burgeoning new relationship, there was nothing in this central character that drew me in...more
It was great fun "taking a trip back home" through this book, but even more so than Mrs. Barry's first. She easily portrayed the "New England attitude" through her characters, and threw a...more
Readers rejoice! Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader, is back with another gripping novel of human relationships and their consequences. It's again set in Salem, with some returning characters, which made it very easy to fall into the place and just flow with the story. Zee Finch, a psychotherapist, has come home to take care of her ailing father and to try to figure out her own life after the suicide of one of her patients, which was made even more difficult by Zee's past--her...more
Zee is a psychologist whose father is ailing and whose mother committed suicide when Zee was young. She has a 'great' job and fiance when one of her patients commits suicide. On the way back from the funeral she stops to see her dad and realizes she cannot abandon him, he is too unwell.
This time with her father and famil...more
I started reading this book on 5/28/10 and finished on 5/29/10. Of course, I didn't put it down for two days. . . .ha Some of the content was about things I wouldn't ordinarily read about, but was part of the story line, and I enjoyed Brunonia's writing style. Lots of turns and twists and several une...more
Barry's love of theater led to a...more