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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jersey Fiction

With the release of Smokin’ Seventeen yesterday Janet Evanovich continues the mystery series that has made a Trenton neighborhood called “The Burg” almost as famous as her heroine Stephanie Plum. Evanovich grew up in South River. N.J. and has kind words for her native state in a recent USA Today article, ("Janet Evanovich Sets Stephanie Plum Loose Again," June 21, 2011) . "Jersey's got everything — the Shore, bikinis, bulging muscles, the best and greasiest pizza," she said.

But Evanovich is not the first to find The Garden State a great backdrop for fiction. The library owns more than 300 novels that feature New Jerseyans. Here is just a sampling:

Caught by Harlan Coben

Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth

Creepers by David Morrell

The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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