Map of True Places

By Brunonia Barry
(HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780007314553)

Publication Date: February 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Next List
“Brunonia Barry has claimed Salem, Massachusetts, as her own locale--even using Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables--and the town couldn't ask for a better chronicler. Just as the city is a place of haunted mystery, so is the life of Zee Finch, who is forced to confront both past and present when caring for her ailing father. With characters that are rich, engaging, and sympathetic, Barry has created a world that perfectly expresses ordinary life.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

The author of the beloved "New York Times" and international bestseller "The Lace Reader" presents an emotionally resonant novel of tragedy, secrets, identity, and love, in which a psychotherapist finds the strands of her own life in the death of a troubled patient.

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  1. At the beginning of the novel, Brunonia Barry includes a quote from Herman Melville—"It is not down in any map; true places never are." Why do you think the author chose this quote to begin her story? Is the epigraph contradictory or complementary to the book's title?

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