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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New England Fiction

Since my last post dealt with the pleasures of Southern writing, it seems appropriate to move north to another region – New England. As with the South, there are classics. Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott come to mind. Also Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. They are near the top of The Boston Globe’s The 100 Essential New England Books.

Twentieth century fiction set in New England includes Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever (although I prefer his short stories) and Couples by John Updike.

Others on the list, while less familiar, are worth trying. They include:

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Little Children by Tom Perrotta

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Requiem, Mass. by John Dufresne

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