I know that so many of you, like me, were entranced by Brunonia Barry's debut novel, The Lace Reader. When we discussed The Lace Reader with Brunonia on Book Club Girl on Air, she gave us a hint to her new novel, which is now on sale, The Map of True Places.
In her new novel, an emotionally resonant novel of tragedy, secrets, identity, and love, Brunonia tells the moving and remarkable tale of a psychotherapist who discovers the strands of her own life in the death of a troubled patient.
Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats—a talent that earned her the nickname Trouble. She's now a respected psychotherapist working with the world-famous Dr. Liz Mattei. She's also about to marry one of Boston's most eligible bachelors. But the suicide of Zee's patient Lilly Braedon throws Zee into emotional chaos and takes her back to places she though she'd left behind.
What starts as a brief visit home to Salem after Lilly's funeral becomes the beginning of a larger journey for Zee. Her father, Finch, long ago diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, has been hiding how sick he really is. His longtime companion, Melville, has moved out, and it now falls to Zee to help her father through this difficult time. Their relationship, marked by half-truths and the untimely death of her mother, is strained and awkward.
Overwhelmed by her new role, and uncertain about her future, Zee destroys the existing map of her life and begins a new journey, one that will take her not only into her future but into her past as well. Like the sailors of old Salem who navigated by looking at the stars, Zee has to learn to find her way through uncharted waters to the place she will ultimately call home.
Browse inside The Map of True Places, look for Brunonia Barry on tour near you, follow her on Twitter and friend her on Facebook. Check out the reading group guide and the website and listen to Brunonia Barry talk her inspiration for the novel (and the very interesting literary place she wrote it) in the video below.