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Book of the Week: The Map of True Places

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I am delighted that Authors Examiner just picked The Map of True Places as their Book of the Week Pick.  With over 6 million visitors a month,  this site is very influential and I’m very grateful they chose my book. You can read what they had to say about Map here.


The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

“The Map of True Places” Hits the Bestseller List

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The paperback version of “The Map of True Places” hit the Massachusetts South Shore Fiction Bestseller list.

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

Map is in very good company. Just check out the rest of the Top Ten list:

Paperback fiction

1. The Postmistress, Sarah Blake

2. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

4. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

5. Lipstick in Afghanistan, Roberta Gatley

6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

7. The Island, Elin Hilderbrand

8. The Map of True Places, Brunonia Barry

9. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Cathleen Schline

10. Winter Garden, Kristin Hannah

To see what other kinds books are selling well in this area, click here.


Reading Group Choices picks “The Map of True Places”

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Reading Group Choices picked “The Map of True Places” as one of the top three books for book clubs for Mother’s Day. Thanks RGC!

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry


Attention Book Clubs

Monday, March 21st, 2011

To request a visit or SKYPE session with Brunonia, click here.

“The Map of True Places” Best Fiction of 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I’m delighted that The Capital Area District Library (13 libraries in the Greater Lansing, MI area) selected The Map of True Places as one of the Best Fiction Books of 2010. Thanks Lansing! You can see all of their picks here.

“The Map of True Paces” is picked as one of the Top Ten Books of 2010

Friday, December 10th, 2010

A staff member at the Plumb Library in Rochester, Massachusetts picked The Map of True Places as one of the Top Ten Books of 2010. Thanks, Lisa! You can see the library’s complete list here.

Very Perceptive Review of “The Lace Reader”

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Book Worm’s Library wrote a very different kind of review of The Lace Reader. It’s worth a read. You can check it out here.

San Francisco Book Review

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The Map of True Places was reviewed in the September issue. Thanks San Francisco Book Review!

Zee Finch is the star of this story and we meet her in her adulthood working as a respected psychotherapist in Boston. We understand that she worked hard to obtain this professional position, and also to win the heart of Boston’s most eligible bachelor. But we know immediately that Zee’s response to her life, work, and engagement is tepid, that her “true nature” is somehow dimmed and muted. The story is of Zee’s traveling the course that reveals the reasons this is so.

Navigation is the central theme of the book. “It is not down on any map, true places never are” is the quote from Herman Melville on the face page and each chapter is introduced with a navigational truth that reinforces the theme. This contributes to what is so compelling about this book: its artistry. Barry moves deftly from present to past and back again so artfully that the reader is instantly captivated by the complexity of the characters, the veracity of the time and place (fantastic detail about the history of Boston and Salem) and soon hopes fervently that the heroine will find happiness. Add to artful construction, beautifully drawn characters, the conflicts and tensions of a really good story and you have a book you regret having to finish.

You can see it in context <here>. It’s on page 2, upper left corner.

Examiner’s review of Lace Reader

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Crystal Falconer reviewed The Lace Reader and you can read it <here>.