The Best Novels Set in Every State: Part 4, New Mexico to South Carolina

These are my alternatives to the list created by Melia Robinson and Melissa Stanger for Business Insider. I am excluding works of nonfiction and listing my top three choices for each state. Titles included in the list compiled by Robinson and Stanger are indicated in boldface.

New Mexico The Milagro Beanfield War John Nichols
The Woman at Otowi Crossing Frank Waters
Bless Me, Ultima Rudolpho Anaya
New York The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Underworld Don DeLillo
Call It Sleep Henry Roth
North Carolina Look Homeward, Angel Thomas Wolfe
Kate Vaiden Reynolds Price
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
North Dakota Love, Medicine Louise Erdrich
Born Brothers Larry Woiwode
Sundown, Yellow Moon Larry Watson
Ohio Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson
Beloved Toni Morrison
Crooked River Burning Mark Winegardner
Oklahoma The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Paradise Toni Morrison
True Grit Charles Portis
Oregon Trask Don Berry
Honey in the horn H. L. Davis
Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey
Pennsylvania The Rabbit Tetralogy John Updike
Appointment in Samarra John O’Hara
Farragan’s Retreat Tom McHale
Rhode Island Spartina John Casey
Providence Geoffrey Wollf
Outside Providence Peter Farrelly
South Carolina The Great Santini Pat Conroy
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison


Part 1, Alabama to Georgia:

Part 2: Hawaii to Maryland:

Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey:

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