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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  • Zonetta G. (Winter Springs, FL)


    The Map of True Places
    Brunonia Barry's character development draws one immediately into the lives of the characters themselves. Her ability to navigate from present to past and back again seemss to flow neatly; fiction and fact and fantasy blend sometimes without the reader even realizing it. I loved all the allusions to Hawthorne and Melville and Old Salem. For all these reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am recommending it to my book club for this coming year.
  • Judy G. (Carmel, IN)


    Disappointed after Lace Reader
    I loved the Lace Reader so I was a little disappointed in this book. It was too predictable and I felt the characters were not uniformly well developed. I never really got "connected" to Zee so it wasn't a page-turner for me at all. I did, however, really like the story within the story very much and wished it had been longer. Not a bad read, but rather one where you read on hoping to get to the great part--but never quite make it there.
  • Judith M. (San Diego, CA)


    The Map of True Places
    I have hesitated between a 4 and 5 star rating for this book. I leaned toward 5 stars because as the story progressed I found that I couldn't put it down and read the last half straight through! Yes, it is not great literature, has a somewhat slow beginning, at times confusing plot, and a bit too coincidental. However, any story that keeps you in its spell is worth reading and earning 5 stars. I thought Ms. Barry particularly captured the conflicting emotions of caring for a failing parent. A book group would have many points to spark discussion. Not least of which, should family secrets be told?
  • Kristen H. (Lowell, MA)


    Real life imitation of fairy tales?
    This book captured me from the very first page all the way up until the last especially since quite a bit of the story is set near where I live in Massachusetts. Boston and the other places aren't that far from me so it was great reading about some of the things I have seen firsthand. I think that this book would appeal to anyone from around the Massachusetts area if for no other reason than they might be familiar with the places mentioned. Another group of people who I think may enjoy this book are those that are interested in how people work, what they believe in and how it shapes us as humans and if we can change how we are later in life.
  • Carol S. (Pawleys Island, SC)


    Good read!
    Having read and enjoyed "The Lace Reader" I was looking forward to reading "The Map of True Places" and hoping for twists, turns and surprises once again and was not disappointed. Though I felt the story moved a bit slow in the beginning, I couldn't read fast enough for the suspenseful conclusion.

    The characters are well developed and I feel like I want to know what's next for them. Well done.
  • Neil W. (Tavares, FL)


    Personal Challenge
    This is a well-written book that mixes psychological and interpersonal issues with enough suspense to keep the reader interested in the unfolding of the story. The changes that the heroine of the story goes through also challenge the reader to examine his or her own life story.
  • CJA. (Colorado Springs, CO)


    The Map of True Places
    Brunonia Barry's intertwines many lives together very well while telling the story of how Zee Finch learns the truth about her family. The author concentrates on Zee's life and intersperses the story with other characters as necessary. This technique makes the story move at a nice pace while telling just enough background information.
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