Connecticut… in books

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As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Connecticut.


Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

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This novel is set in 1950s Connecticut and focuses on a couple trying to live the American dream but betraying themselves and each other in the process.


Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face by Paul Acampora

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In Paul Acampora’s middle-grade novel, Zachary and his mother move from Colorado to Connecticut and start a new life.


Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan

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Last Night at the Lobster is set at a Red Lobster restaurant in Connecticut and follows the goings-on of the staff.


The Barbarians are Coming by David Wong Louie

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This novel follows the character of Sterling Lung, the son of Chinese immigrants and a chef that works at a private club in Connecticut. More than anything else, this story is about the relationship between Sterling and his father.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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A young adult historical fiction, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is about a young woman living in a puritanical colony in what will become the state of Connecticut. She is accused of witchcraft after befriending a woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond.


A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

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Out of all the books on this list, this is the one I want to read the most, mainly because I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes retellings, especially gender-bent retellings. This young adult series is set at a boarding school in Connecticut.


Housebreaking by Dan Pope

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Our main character in Housebreaking, Benjamin, gets kicked out of his house by his wife and moves back home to his father’s house in Connecticut. It is about two families interacting during what the synopsis calls an “explosive Thanksgiving.”


What are your favorite books set in Connecticut? Let me know in the comments!




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