A Book Set in Every State

As someone who reads a lot of literary fiction, I feel like every novel is set in New York City or California, unless you count Nicholas Sparks who sets all of his books in North Carolina, or Jodi Picoult, who dabbles in New England. There sure are a lot of flyover states that don’t scream NOVEL SETTING, but as you’ll see with this list, some big name books have been set in every state, you just may not have realized it.

What’s a book set in your state that didn’t make my list? 

Alabama

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Alaska

  • Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan

Arizona

  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Arkansas

  • Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris

California

  • White Oleander by Janet Finch

Colorado

  • The Shining by Stephen King

Connecticut

  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Delaware

  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik

Florida

  • Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Georgia

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Hawaii

  • Micro by Michael Crichton

Idaho

  • Blue Heaven by CJ Box

Illinois

  • Native Son by Richard Wright

Indiana

  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Iowa

  • Utopia, Iowa by Brian Yanksy

Kansas

  • Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown

Kentucky

  • In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

Louisiana

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Maine

  • Insomnia by Stephen King

Maryland

  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

Massachusetts

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Michigan

  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Minnesota

  • In The Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien

Mississippi

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Missouri

  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Montana

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

Nebraska

  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Nevada

  • Burned by Ellen Hopkins

New Hampshire

  • Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

New Jersey

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

New Mexico

  • House Made of Dawn by N Scott Momaday

New York

  • Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffner

North Carolina

  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

North Dakota

  • Love Medicine by Louse Erdrich

Ohio

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Oklahoma

  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Oregon

  • The Program by Suzanne Young

Pennsylvania

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Rhode Island

  • Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

South Carolina

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

South Dakota

  • Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

Tennessee

  • American Pie by Michael Lee West

Texas

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Utah

  • By Your Side by Kasie West

Vermont

  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Virginia

  • Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews

Washington

  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman

West Virginia

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Wisconsin

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wiler

Wyoming

  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

One Comment Add yours

  1. Rachel says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t go with The Secret History for Vermont, lol! That’s usually the one I see on lists like this. But I have read House Rules a million years ago and I think I liked it!

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