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The Map of True Places

By Brunonia Barry

The Map of True Places
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  • Published in USA  May 2010,
    416 pages.

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  • Diane P. (Deer Park, WA)

    The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
    I liked this book, the story within a story. Barry is a good writer and creates interesting characters. The book has a lot things happening which makes it a interesting read.
  • Helen M. (Petaluma, CA)

    Amazing Journey
    I read The Map of True Places in only a few days. It is an easy read with great descriptions of modern day Salem and a masterfully created sense of wonder and power concerning the sea. The story is maybe a little too complicated so the weaving of it does not always hold together. There are many players in Zee, the heroine's, life who all seem to have a piece of the puzzle for her. The ending was as I expected, but the journey was good. It is indeed a novel about courage. I thought I would learn more about Salem's witches but did not find that to be so. I will recommend it to my book club but will also relate that it is not a great book .... just a good read and what's not to like about a good read!
  • Shirley S. (Batavia, IL)

    Map Of True Places
    There is nothing good to say about this book. The story is unbelievable, the events too coincidental, the characters forgettable. Too much conversation and too little plot development. I truly didn't care what happened to these people. It was a chore to read.
  • Mary Lou C. (Shenandoah Junction, WV)

    The Map of True Places
    I enjoyed reading "The Map of True Places". It had enough twists and turns to keep me reading, and I couldn't put it down. It delved into the tragedy of mental illness and the many lives affected by it.

    Although I understand the main character was looking for and found a "happy ending", I was left wanting more.

    So many interesting characters and lifestyles were introduced into the story, I felt the author was unsure where to focus. It was frustrating at times, but I did enjoy it.
  • Nancy, Wellington Square Bookshop (Exton, PA)

    Another fine book by Brunonia Barry
    This book kept my interest from beginning to end. Although it is set in New England like the "Lace Reader," to me it has a very different feel. The characters are well drawn and believable. The plot has several different side twists; however, they are tied together at the end in an appropriate manner.
  • Anat S. (Sharon, MA)

    The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
    A novel that is a fast read; a page turner. The story is a mix of reality and fantasy with a bit of the history of Salem, MA in the background. The main character, Zee, uncovers secrets and works through dark events in her past to finds her way through life.
    The book gets a bit too much into psychotherapy and mental illness issues, which may not be for everyone's taste.
  • Diane D. (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

    I loved The Map of True Places! Barry captivates with a wonderful, believable cast of characters and a great plot. I was taken in by Zee from the first page and enjoyed the entire journey. I thought the story was suspenseful and well-written!
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