The Map of True Places
Published by William Morrow
I have FTC writer’s block, and can’t think of anything witty to say. So just know that I bought the damn book.
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 thought 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.
I always think of Brunonia Barry’s The Lace Reader as like The Time Traveler’s Wife. Not because the books are similar, but because you either love it, or you don’t. I happened to love both of those books (although Her Fearful Symmetry is a whole ‘nother story). So I was looking forward to The Map of True Places. And I enjoyed reading it, especially because this was a more straightforward story, without any weird reading of lace or unreliable narrators. Although there were some very unreliable parents. Unfortunately, I read it last month and it’s fading from memory.