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Monday, October 3, 2016

New Jersey novels?

After pondering if I should read more New York novels, it occurred to me that maybe I should read more New Jersey novels instead. After all, that's where I live now! But—shocker—I can't find any list of the 100 Best New Jersey Novels. No love for the Garden State, particularly literary love. C'mon Book Riot—make this right. Meanwhile, the closest I found was this list of eleven (kind of twelve) on The Millions:

Jernigan by David Gates
After Moondog by Jane Shapiro
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The New Jersey Triliogy by Richard Ford– The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Garden State by Rick Moody
Clockers by Richard Price
Eddie and the Cruisers by P.F. Kluge
The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Final Club by Geoffrey Wolff

And a non-fiction:
The Pine Barrens by John McPhee

I have read none of these. I think I should read In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume and at least the first Janet Evanovich mystery. So, New Jersey-ites (New Jersey-ers? New Jerseyians? What am I now?), what should I read?

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