Calling all book worms! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite literature with local ties. So find a cozy chair, make a warm cup of tea, and read a book.
Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III- Location: North Shore, MA. Connected short stories revolving around love, relationships, and loneliness.
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger – Location: Gloucester, MA. Historical fiction. Junger focuses on the crew of the Andrea Gail during the 1991 Perfect Storm.
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent – Location: Salem, MA. The book’s author, Kathleen Kent, is a decendant of Martha Carrier, who was tried as a witch in Salem. The book is in the voice of her daughter, Sarah, who survives.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles – Location: Exeter, NH. Classic coming of age novel, and well worth the re-read. The setting, Devon, is based on Phillips Exeter Academy.
The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft – Location: Based in Newburyport, MA. Horror novella, inspired by Lovecraft’s visit to Newburyport in 1923.
The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand – Location: Boston, MA. Author John P. Marquand was a graduate of Newburyport High School. The Late George Apley is historically interesting for its portrayal of Boston Brahmin living, and the book won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel.
Beach Plum Island by Holly Robinson – Location: Plum Island. A father passes away, and his children are left to sort through painful memories.
The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve – Location: Isles of Shoals, NH. Historical fiction, revolving around the Smutty Nose Murders.
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan – Location: York, Kittery, Portsmouth. One family, a summer house and three generations of lady drama. Bonus points for mention of The Press Room in Portsmouth.