Monday, June 6, 2011

The Map Of True Places: A Book Review

About The Book:

From Brunonia Barry, the New York Times bestselling author ofThe Lace Reader, comes an emotionally compelling novel about finding your true place in the world.

A respected Boston psychotherapist, Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats. But the actions of a patient throw Zee into emotional chaos and take her back to places she thought she'd left behind.

What starts as a brief visit home to Salem begins a larger journey. Suddenly having to care for her ailing father after his longtime companion moves out, Zee must come to terms with a strained and awkward relationship that has always been marked by half-truths and haunted by the untimely death of her mother. Overwhelmed by her new role, Zee must destroy the existing map of her life and chart a new course -- one that will guide her not only into her future but into her past as well.

Read an excerpt of The Map Of True Places here.

About The Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brunonia Barry, lives in Salem with her husband and their beloved golden retriever, Byzantium.

Barry is the first American Writer to win the Woman's International Fiction Festival's 2009 Baccante Award (for The Lace Reader). Her second novel, The Map of True Places is out now.

For more information, view Brunonia Barry's Web site.

My Review:

This is the first of Brunonia Barry's books I have read, and sometimes that can leave me a little nervous. I tend to navigate to authors and books that I have some familiarity with but I am so glad to have read The Map of True Places. 

This book is incredibly deep, and right from the first chapter you will be drawn into the world that is Zee Finch. There is mystery, family dynamics and themes including bi-polar depression, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, suicide, and finding oneself throughout the book, with dynamic, well-developed characters.

 I did find the first half of the novel a little slow, but in this case, it is almost needed in order to understand the complexity of the relationships between the characters. There is great historical detail of Salem included, as well as a mystical element to the novel. 

A very gripping novel that has been wanting to read Barry's first novel, The Lace Reader, as soon as I can!

A great read that I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up to!

BUY IT: The Map Of True Places by Brunonia Barry is available online through Amazon - it is also available through your favorite local bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of FSB Media, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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