Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Map of True Places

Brunonia Barry's The Map of True Places was a fast read - a book I could easily pick up and get into immediately. While some of my friends didn't enjoy her first novel, The Lace Reader, I liked that book and have enjoyed this one as well.

Zee (Hepzibah, but who wouldn't shorten a name like that?) is a psychotherapist, engaged to be married, when she returns home to check on her ailing father, Finch. She has lost her first patient, Lilly, who committed suicide by jumping off a bridge, and Zee is in need of a break, anyway. However, her father, who suffers from Parkinsons, needs a great deal of care, and Zee's time is consumed by his needs. In order to deal with what is going on, Zee flees her current life, and ends up creating a new one for herself in the place she grew up. There are several things that Zee has yet to deal with - especially the suicide death of her mother when she was a child, and her return home has forced her to re-examine an event she thought she understood.

There were a few times while reading that I wondered where Barry was going with her story. There wasn't some great mystery to solve or really much of anything to resolve, and yet, I really did like this book. And, when a few little twists are revealed near the end, I was happily surprised and enjoyed the suspense that was created. Barry has created a solid sophomore novel; I'm hoping she has a few more stories she plans to tell.


thriftymomma said...

this sounds good. I would like to read it. Who is the publisher?

Kay said...

I've got this one on my radar for an upcoming read. My book group read THE LACE READER last year I think. It was a good one and most everyone liked it, with a few reservations. In any case, I'm excited to see she sets this book again in Salem. Thanks for sharing!

Marce said...

I recently added this one to my Wishlist, sounds like an intriguing read.

Kristin said...

Vacation going well. sent you a text today. beautiful weather. Linda Castillo book is very good. I'm checking facebook daily but internet connection is sometime spotty.

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