October 12, 2021
Ten Favorite Book Settings
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Do you have a favorite book setting?
Do you love a strong sense of place?
My VERY FAVORITE setting is ANYWHERE a MEMORABLE story takes place!
In the following memorable and unforgettable stories, I can immediately and vividly recall the setting (the time and place) of the story. The setting becomes as important as the story.
Setting: A Bookshop
Many of my favorite stories take place in bookshops! A recent favorite is The Last Bookshop in London.
Setting: An Unusual Location
The Woman With the Blue Star takes place in the sewer system of Warsaw, Poland.
Setting: A Beach
Castle of Water takes place on a beach as two plane crash survivors attempt to survive and desperately hope for rescue.
Setting: Atmospheric or Strong Sense of Place
Setting: Long, Long Ago
The time and place when Shakespeare and his family lived are vividly described in Hamnet.
Setting: Small Village or Small Town
I love the small town community in The Printed Letter Bookshop (also a bookshop setting)
and Gander, Newfoundland is an amazing small community in The Day the World Came to Town (NF)
Setting: the Site of a Disaster
The Nature of Fragile Things (earthquake)
Surviving Savannah (shipwreck)
A Fall of Marigolds (New York City)
The Only Plane in the Sky (NF; New York City)
Setting: Local (or somewhere I’ve been)
Other settings that are so fun are settings that I know well in real life. Two examples are The Beautiful Strangers (Coronado, the Hotel Del Coronado) and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (prairies of South Dakota).
I love a rural setting and one that’s especially memorable is the rural mountains of Kentucky found in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.
Setting: A Diverse Setting
One more setting I enjoy is one that is culturally different from my own. Some examples include The Firekeeper’s Daughter (Ojibwe reservation), The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters (India), Clap When You Land (Dominican Republic), Born a Crime (South Africa), The Girl With the Louding Voice (Nigeria), The Girl With Seven Names (North Korea/China/South Korea), The Island of Sea Women (Korean Island of Jeju), Amal Unbound (Pakistan), The Hate U Give (streets of L.A.), and The Peal That Broke Its Shell (Afghanistan).
What is your favorite setting?
Please share your favorite setting in comments!
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