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?
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