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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brunonia Barry Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Masterfully woven…The Map of True Places is a gripping quest for truth that kept me reading at the edge of my seat to the very last page.”
—Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice


Brunonia Barry, author of the beloved New York Times and international bestseller The Lace Reader is back with The Map of True Places, an emotionally resonant novel of tragedy, secrets, identity, and love. The moving and remarkable tale of a psychotherapist who discovers the strands of her own life in the death of a troubled patient, The Map of True Places is another glorious display of the unique storytelling prowess that inspired Toronto’s Globe and Mail to exclaim, “Brunonia Barry can write. Boy can she write.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterfully woven with a cast of unforgettable characters set loose in a world so specific and real, The Map of True Places is a gripping quest for truth that kept me reading at the edge of my seat to the very last page.”

    Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice

  • “Barry’s considerable latest delves into the long-lingering effects of a mother’s suicide…This is a lovingly told story with many well-drawn characters, who sooner or later reconsider the courses charted by personal decisions and circumstance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The meditations on American history, assisted suicide, reincarnation and celestial navigation are informative and even endearing…the voice behind the plot turns is both likable and engaging.”

    Washington Post

  • “Like her hit debut, The Lace Reader (2008), Barry’s second novel features an involving, intricately woven story and vivid descriptions of historic Salem.”


  • “Zee’s a vulnerable, likable character, and the dramatic narrative brings her experience to life...readers will be perched on the edge of their seats while consuming this mesmerizing, suspenseful tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “Gripping and emotionally taut, this is a novel brimming with both the messy and the lovely parts of life. A provocative examination of family, aging, and finding your true place in the world, The Map of True Places is sure to smoothly sail up the bestseller list.”


  • “A novice psychotherapist finds unsettling parallels between a patient’s suicide and her mother’s history in Barry’s second (The Lace Reader, 2008)…This woman-in-jeopardy thriller retooled with gothic elements—shifting identities, secrets and portents, a deserted cottage and a missing suicide note—manages to transcend.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jena | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this story. It is ultimately about a woman who finds her true north, her home, and her sense of self. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane Johnson | 2/8/2014

    " Another book that's closer to 4 stars than 3, but no option to choose that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pinky | 2/8/2014

    " Brunonia Barry does such an excellent job representing the mentally ill and abused that I find myself dreading finishing her books. I really loved The Lace Reader - the more mystical parts of Salem were better represented. The setting is the same in The Map of True Places, with a few crossover references, but there is no question of magic or witchery. It's all human in all it's sadness and sordid details. Zee is a psychotherapist living in Boston who returns home after the death of a patient to care for her father who is suffering from Parkinson's. The mental illness, secrets and lies are at times overwhelming, but the setting is so tight. Love this locale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vivian | 2/8/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book, and thought that it was even better than "The Lace Reader". I listened to this in the car during the week, and while at first I was annoyed by the narrator's voice, by the end of the book I was impressed by the great job she did in bringing all of the characters to life. Terrific writing and sesnse of place make this a highly recommended read. "

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