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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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  • Freya H. (Phoenix, AZ)


    The Map of True Places
    From the first sentence in the Prologue, you knew Zee would be an interesting character. The story unfolds in such a way it keeps
    the reader totally enthralled. Enjoyed the historical background
    on Salem, and found the medical information on mental illness,
    as well as Parkinson's both informative and compelling. A must
    read for those who enjoy character-driven stories.
  • Mark O. (Wenatchee, WA)


    the moving stars ground us
    If “The Map of True Places” were slid into a book MRI (bMRI), we would likely see faint yellow patches in the plot and idea regions but the character region would be lit bright red. Barry found the sweet spot for her characters, neither vessels for carrying a plot nor too squirrely to believe. In fact, her characters seem observed, rather than created. Places (maritime New England) and afflictions (Parkinson’s disease) are characters too, changing with time and circumstance. Every good novel should make you want to do something. I want to learn the names of the signpost stars in the wheeling night sky, not to navigate the open sea but to be more at home wherever I find myself.
  • Karen R. (Columbus, OH)


    Very Good Read
    I enjoyed this book from the first page. I thought the characters were a little "stereotypical" but it was a quick read. It was well written, flowed very well. And I loved the ending. So many books are very good, and then just end; this ending actually enhanced the entire book.
  • Kathleen J. (Mountain View, CA)


    The Map of True Places
    Ms. Berry has the ability to allow a reader to see a character's soul. She artfully weaves together the past, present and future into a strong story. The Map of True Places, provides a window into the life of a Parkinson's patient that allows the reader to both emotionally and intellectually understand the impact of this disease. This book hooks you at the first page and does not let go, even at the last page. Would recommend this to most of my friends. Cannot wait for Ms. Berry’s next book.
  • Sandie F. (Eaton, OH)


    The Map of True Places
    The Map of True Places was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. There were some points where I was a little confused, however, it was all tied together in the end. Just enough suspense and twist to keep you wanting to read more. A very good read.
  • Daniel A. (Naugatuck, CT)


    The Map of True Places
    I really liked this story. The last 100 pages or so had me spellbound. From chapter 37 on, the chapters got shorter and the pace was quicker until the very last page when I was able to breathe again. I highly endorse this sensational book.
  • Rhonda M. (Concord, OH)


    Another great book by Brunonia Barry
    I really enjoyed The Map of True Places. In true form to her Salem roots the book takes place in close proximity to her first book. It kept my interest because you never knew where it was taking you. The kind of book that book clubs would enjoy and that I will browse back through and find connecting thoughts over the next couple of days. Her characters were interesting and I felt like it was very real as to where life tends to take us at times and how little control we have over it.
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