Novels by State

While on a road trip, I realized the fun of reading books set in the local area--especially when I was not a local!  I thought of doing a "One book from each state" challenge, but I'm not really a big fan of challenges.  Instead, I decided to keep an index of books set in different states.  To be included in this list, a book must:

  • Be set entirely (or at least 75%) in one state
  • Setting must be essential to the book
  • Must be a novel (I thought about including memoirs, but I think novels is a good place to start)

If you have any recommendations for books from your state, please leave them in comments on this page!  And, if you have posted a review of the book you are recommending, please include the URL and I'll link to it on this page.

Enjoy!

Alabama
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

Alaska


Arizona


Arkansas


California
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Ana of California by Andi Teran
The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli
The Rummy Club by Anoop Ahuja Judge

Colorado
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal

Connecticut
We Are Water by Wally Lamb

Delaware


Florida
Paper Towns by John Green

Georgia
Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca
Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

Hawaii


Idaho


Illinois
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Middlesteins by Jamie Attenberg

Indiana
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Iowa


Kansas
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Kentucky


Louisiana
These Are the Moments by Jenny Bravo

Maine
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline

Maryland


Massachusetts
Amherst by William Nicholson
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


Michigan
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Minnesota
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen
Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Mississippi


Missouri
A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

Montana
When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell

Nebraska
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Nevada


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

New York
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The First Warm Evening of the Year by Jamie M. Saul
Forgetting Tabitha by Julie Dewey
One Thousand Porches by Julie Dewey

(New York City)
Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
Midsummer by Carole Giangrande
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years by Susan Speranza
Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

North Carolina
The Cove by Ron Rash
I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
Televenge by Pamela King Cable

North Dakota
The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Ohio
How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt

Oklahoma


Oregon
Grimm - The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot
Margot by Jillian Cantor

Rhode Island
Newport by Jill Morrow

South Carolina


South Dakota
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tennessee
Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline

Texas
Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

Utah
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

Vermont
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Virginia
Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani
The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

Washington
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany
Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany
The Language of Sisters by Amy Hatvany
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany
Running Secrets by Arleen Williams
Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

West Virginia
In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy
The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman
The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman

Wisconsin
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wyoming

1 comment:

  1. Neat way to categorize novels! I picked up Mokoka'i (Alan Brennert) when we were in Hawaii. I couldn't put it down! From what I've seen of your reviews and preferences, I think you'd like it too.

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