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Books set… in the United States and Canada

Books set… in the United States and Canada

Books are a great way to get to know a country and to get deeper into what makes its people tick than a travel guide. In the series “Books set in…”, I put together lists of books that help you find a novel that fits your next trip.

The books on this list are set right across the USA and take place in the last 100 years. They show little slices of everyday life in the US. The struggles, sorrows and joys of life in New York, San Francisco and in a car driving from one coast to the other. I’m also trying to find books that show life in the US for people of different backgrounds. The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, the books by Junot Diaz or the series by Armistead Maupin all give a glimpse of life for minorities and LGBTQ people. If you have any recommendations, please leave them down in the comments.

Books set in … California

T.C. Boyle – The Tortilla Curtain

Emma Cline – The Girls

Dave Eggers – The Circle

Dave Eggers – A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

Armistead Maupin – Tales of the City

Vikram Seth – The Golden Gate

Rebecca Solnit – Infinite City


Books set in … New York

Paul Auster – The New York Trilogy

Teju Cole – Open City

Junot Diaz – The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao

Jennifer Egan – A visit from the Goon Squad

Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man

F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

Siri Hustvedt – The blazing world

Jonathan Safran Foer – Extremely loud & incredibly close

Garth Risk Hallberg – City on Fire

Emma Straub – Modern Lovers

Anna Pitoniak – The Futures


Books set in … New England

Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot

Elizabeth Gilbert – Stern Men

Elizabeth Strout – Olive Kitteridge


Books set in … the rest of the United States

Clara Benson – No Baggage

Charles Bukowski – Women (and essentially everything else by him but Women is my favourite)

Tracy Chevalier – At the edge of the orchard

Dave Eggers – Heroes of the frontier

Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides – The Virgin Suicides

John Green – The fault in our stars

Mohsin Hamid – Exit West

Jennifer Niven – All the bright places

Phillip Meyer – The son

Sara Taylor – The Lauras

Sara Taylor – The Shore

Colton Whitehead – The underground railway


Books set in … Canada

Emma Hooper – Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Annie Proulx – The Shipping News


Also, if you’ve read any books that are set in the USA or Canada, then please leave them down in the comments and I will add them to the list. The goal is to have this big community to people recommending books to each other.