Jacquelyn (antarcticlust) wrote in _crocodiles,

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Sometimes we read to escape where we are; other times, we wish to conjure a sense of place to enhance our experience of it. As a New Englander who spent some time in the South and now lives in the Midwest, the sense of place a book evokes is often very important to me. Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy is my bible of the Southwest;  Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is quintessential Southern, and I can't imagine Morrocco or Egypt without conjuring Paul Bowles and Naguib Mahfouz.

I'm spending some time back home in Vermont in a couple of weeks, and was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a "New England novel" (ironic, I know, that the New Englander is asking). I don't want something Puritanical (think Hawthorne),  though it doesn't necessarily have to be modern. I've read a lot of Irving and I'm thinking of The Cider House Rules, though I've broken the cardinal book-lovers' rule and saw the movie first.

Also:  what books are your "maps"  for a particular place, so to speak?

x-posted to hipsterbookclub

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