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The Atlas of Us

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How far would you go for the one you love the most?

When Louise Fenton flies to Thailand to find her mother, Nora, after the Boxing Day tsunami, she fears the worst when the only trace she can find is her mother’s distinctive bag. In the bag is a beautifully crafted atlas owned by travel journalist Claire Shreve, with her notes and mementos slipped in-between the pages. The
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Avon (HarperCollins)
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Bianca Rose So this may be about a year too late but thought that it could be helpful if there is anyone else out there who wants an answer. My edition of the…moreSo this may be about a year too late but thought that it could be helpful if there is anyone else out there who wants an answer. My edition of the book had discussion questions at the back so here they are. They are not my questions in any way or form and I am literally copying them from the back of my book. Some minor spoilers ahead

* When Milo and Claire first meet, he kills an animal in front of her. What were your first impressions of Milo and did those impressions change the more you read it?

* How do you think Claire and Milo's lives change after their initial meeting?

* Claire is surprised when Jay makes a move on her. Were you? Jay ends up being one of Claire's closest friends. What impact does he have on her life? How important to you think his role is in the novel?

* Claire and her sister Sofia are very different. How important do you think Sofia's opinion is to Claire?

* Claire's infertility plays a big role in the novel. How do you feel about the fact that Claire doesn't end up having a child in the end? Would you have preferred it if she got pregnant?

* Louise often wonders if she should be doing more with her life. By the time her search for her mother ends, do you think she's learnt to be satisfied with her role as a stay at home mum or do you think she yearns for more?

* Louise has a difficult relationship with her mother. Do you think Nora is a bad mother or do you think Louise never really gave her a chance?

* Sam plays a significant role in helping Louise find her mother. Do you also think he helps her find herself? If so, how?

* Louise doesn't end up with Sam. Do you think she should have?

* Both Claire and Louise have life-changing events to deal with. How do you feel they both deal with those events?
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Blair
May 15, 2014 marked it as attempted
Didn't finish. I wanted this to be a fun and light read in the vein of Lucy Clarke/Deborah Lawrenson/Louise Douglas, but after a few chapters it just wasn't grabbing me at all and I found the romance way too obvious and contrived. Also amused to note the author biography on Goodreads, in which it's mentioned that the author used to be a travel magazine editor and owns a one-eyed dog. The main character in this book is a travel magazine editor and owns a one-eyed dog. I mean, at least change the ...more
Amy
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Full review on www.novelgossip.com

Within the past few months I’ve become a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan’s having read both No Turning Back and My Sister’s Secret and immensely enjoying both. I knew as soon as I saw The Lost Mother was being released in the US I had to read it. Usually if I read at least three books by an author that captive me I add them to my auto buy list. I’m delighted to say that I just added Buchanan to it!

This book is really two separate narratives that eventually merge into
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Amy
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com

Within the past few months I’ve become a huge fan of Tracy Buchanan’s having read both No Turning Back and My Sister’s Secret and immensely enjoying both. I knew as soon as I saw The Lost Mother was being released in the US I had to read it. Usually if I read at least three books by an author that captive me I add them to my auto buy list. I’m delighted to say that I just added Buchanan to it!

This book is really two separate narratives that ev
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Elizabeth Richards
Disclaimer: I am a close author friend of Tracy’s. However, as my critique partners will tell you, I’m painfully honest and don’t dish-out false praise, so if I like something then I genuinely mean it. And I loved, loved, LOVED The Atlas of Us!

In the wake of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami, Louise Fenton heads to Thailand in search of her estranged mum, Nora, who has gone missing. When she discovers a body carrying her mum’s distinctive bag, which contains Nora’s passport and a journal entitl
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Ana

Originally posted on This Chick Reads


*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In 2004 thousands of people in southern Asia have been killed in what's believed to be the worst natural disaster in recent history. The Boxing day tsunami, shall be remembered as the beast who took innocent lives in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Seychelles and some other countries. As it was reported in the news, the tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in 13 cou
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Heather Fineisen
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tracy Buchanan has set the bar high with her debut novel, The Atlas of Us. She covers a lot of ground here, literally and figuratively and pulls it off. Beginning with a daughter looking for her estranged mother in the debris from a Tsunami in Thailand, the novel takes off and doesn't slow down. With stops at a Mango Farm in Australia, Venice and Finland as well as interactions, emotions and mysteries that right right along, your literary passport will be stamped. Buchanan makes you care about t ...more
Renita D'Silva
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I experienced a whirlwind of emotions while reading this beautiful book. An intense, emotionally charged story, of families and secrets and the lengths we go to protect those we love. Enjoyed this amazing book. A must read.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review: I have to be honest- I really didn't enjoy this book very much. I had high hopes for it, but they were really not met. I thought the premise behind the book, a bit of a mystery surrounding family in the wake of the tsunami, sounded really promising, space for drama and intrigue as well as a hint of sadness and there was bound to be a love story in there somewhere right? I was just really disappointed by the storyline as a whole. I found myself switching off in parts and struggle to remem ...more
Anne Mackle
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Wow! What a book! Starting with a gorgous book cover that urges you to turn the page.
The story begins with a woman caught up in the tsunami in Thailand, we can only imagine what her fate was.
Louise hasn't spoken with her mother in two years after a falling out. She knows her mum was in Thailand so she flies out to find her much to the horror of her disapproving and controlling husband.
While searching for her mum Louise finds her bag inside which is an atlas full of photos and keepsakes belonging
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Ellis
I'm quite sad this book's finished now. I truly loved it. I think I will read it again in the future even. This book wasn't predictable at all. It was one big surprise and shocking at parts. Not a cheesy lovestory at all, that's one of the main reasons I love it so much. Everybody should read this. It's wonderful!
Anna
Aug 19, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Really enjoyed My Sister's Secret, but couldn't get into this one at all. DNF.
Leah
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I heard about Tracy Buchanan's debut novel The Atlas Of Us, I was desperate to read it! I thought it sounded like one of the most wonderful sounding novels, set during a time that's pretty hard to forget - the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. I was super excited to take part in the cover reveal a couple of months ago - a rather stunning affair, which I presume must be an image of Thailand itself, featuring a boat, and tea lights floating in the sea and lots of different colours ...more
Linda K. Melzer
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel.

The Lost Mother is beyond excellent. It is well-written, but beyond that it speaks from the author's heart to mine. I feel like she is telling me about lives, not "writing" a third person book. The narrative is awesome. I read her first novel and look forward to reading her next one. Good going Tracy!! 💓💓💓
Rebecca
Apr 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Michela Marie Mifsud
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful, beautiful novel. Absolutely loved it!
Josephine
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Tripfiction
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A confection of chapters that will take you around the world, from Exmoor to Thailand, Australia, Serbia, Dubai, San Francisco and Finland (from the Q&A with the author at the back of the book, this was her favourite location).

Two stories dovetail as lives collide and interweave, from the late 20th century to the last days of 2004.It is a difficult novel to review without giving away too much (so despite, or because of what I write you will just have to go out and buy it and see for yourself
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Clare Binge
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Simply an excellent read, the start is brilliantly written and based on the events of the tsunami in 2004 that hit Thailand and surrounding area. The story then goes back in time and focuses on the main character of the novel working forwards to the start and you find out how everyone ends up in Thailand. The twist at the end is brilliant as it changes how you have thought about the characters throughout the story. The reason I gave four stars rather than five was simply down to some repetitive ...more
Renita D'Silva
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I experienced a whirlwind of emotions while reading this beautiful book. An intense, emotionally charged story, of families and secrets and the lengths we go to protect those we love. Enjoyed this amazing book. A must read.
Renita D'Silva
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I experienced a whirlwind of emotions while reading this beautiful book. An intense, emotionally charged story, of families and secrets and the lengths we go to protect those we love. Enjoyed this amazing book. A must read.
Angie Fehl
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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Kathryn Laceby
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes


The Atlas of Us tugged at every heartstring I had and took me on a roller coaster of feelings I was only somewhat expecting!

Every emotion is covered in this book from the foundation of parental love to the selfishness and self-preservation required when dealing with the basics of hurt. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to warm to any of the main characters as there were so many little angles brought into their lives that they felt disjointed- but, somewhere a
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Robin Martin
From the publisher: When Louise McKenzie’s mother is reported missing after a terrifying tsunami, Louise leaves her young family and travels to Thailand to find her. There, she locates a bag containing her mother’s passport as well as a book filled with beautifully illustrated maps: The Atlas of Us, which seems to belong to a woman named Claire.

Who is Claire? How was Louise’s mum connected to her? And might the atlas help Louise find the answers she needs – not to mention her mum?

As Louise po
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Judy
This story (originally titled The Atlas of Us) is two stories in one, eventually joining up at the end. One is set in the aftermath of a tsunami in Thailand in 2004 with a woman searching for her estranged mother who was rumored to have been there when it hit (the lost mother of the title). The other one is mostly set in the 90's, eventually ending up in 2004 with the other story and is about a woman who has just been dumped by her husband after multiple IVF trials to have a baby. She is a trave ...more
Robert E. Vojslavek
You Should Read This!!!!!!!

I read a ton of books, all genres, all the time. Yep, I am that girl who both reads and writes reviews. Honestly I would have to say that Lost Mother ranks as a top five pick on my personal list of favorites. It is equally gripping and thought provoking. I would wipe away tears and then laugh out loud several pages later. Such a tangled web of emotions, lies, partial truths, and fractured relationships. I genuinely liked the characters or I was at least intrigued enoug
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Dana
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book because it was free and when I saw it was marked as a love story I thought it would not be my sort of book. BUT it is so much more than that! The backdrop for this book is the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 which claimed so many lives and the descriptions of the devastation caused are well portrayed. Louise is there looking for her estranged Mum in the aftermath of the tsunami; Claire is there to support a troubled teen. Both women are searching for themselves - not as a wife/ ...more
Tracy
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: attempted
I tried really hard to love this book and finish it, I hate leaving things unfinished. I just can't finish it! The blurb sounded fantastic and I loved the start of the story... I made it all the way to page 166 by forcing myself to continue and feel that it has given me readers block. (Is there such a thing?). I just can't continue reading. It hate to say anything bad about someones hard work but like a previous reviewer I started finding the story very droll to the point where I stopped reading ...more
Vanessa
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, netgalley-x
I read The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan when it first came out and just fell in love with this book and how the author writes. This book is beautifully written and is a emotional story of families with their secrets and the lengths they go to protect those they love.

Excellent book and brilliant for a holiday read......It has so many pages, You only need to take 1 book! lol x
Crystal
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down! Great book

I am starting to love Tracy Buchanan, each of her books that I've read have been page turners but this was my favorite! I loved reading about the character's lives separately and the way it all led up to their connection was beautifully done. Fantastic book
Dana
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Several stories are told in this book as Louise searches for her mother, Nora, or her mother's body after the tsunami in Thailand. A journal belonging to a woman named Claire is found in Louise's mother's bag and so, we follow Claire's story and try to learn how it she is connected to Nora.
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