Advance reader reviews of The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry.

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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  • Barbara F. (Santa Rosa, CA)

    The Map of True Places
    I enjoyed reading The Map of True Places, but it wasn't a book that kept me awake late into the night reading it. Zee, the main character, has many problems that involve many characters and this seemed to lead to lots of introduction but not a lot of development. I would recommend this book to friends for a light read, if they enjoyed the Lace Reader, they would enjoy this. I imagine it would appeal most to people, especially women from late thirties onwards. There is lots to fuel discussion in Book Clubs and would lead to lots of interesting discussions.
  • Jim Gilliam, Author, Point Deception

    Barry's "the map of true places" Soars With The Eagles
    I have not read this type of book in years; I am tired of protagonists who are depicted as being somehow larger than life. I was looking for a different kind of protagonist; Zee a likable character with a tortured soul presents as a different kind of protagonist, she and the other characters are not larger than life but represent the very essence of life with all of its flaws. That is why I choose to read and review this book and I am extremely glad that I did. I was hooked from the first line. Born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast I felt immediately drawn into this delightfully surprising story. The secret formula for good fiction is character plus conflict equals drama. Barry's characters are believable and conflicted; the drama leaps off the pages as the reader feverishly reads on to discover what happens next. The story moves like a freight train through a seamless plot that finally ends, leaving the reader with the sense that this is not really the ending for Zee but rather just the beginning.
  • Dorothy L. (Lock Haven, PA)

    Several Threads Become One Story
    There was just enough suspense in this book to make me keep on reading. I found Zee's linking the suicides of Lilly and her mother confusing at first, but the last part of the book brought out how all the different stories going on were all linked together. There were clues scattered through the book that allowed you to guess the true identity of some of the male characters. I thought the story moved slowly until the end when Ms. Barry tied up all the loose ends.
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