New England Authors
New England Writers Are Some of My Favorites
I can't think of a much better activity than reading a novel by one of my favorite New England writers. I have kept this list of New England authors to 12, but I have other authors from New England that I also like to read. (You have to stop somewhere, I suppose.)
As you can see, I have several favorites and have read all of most of these authors' books:
- Chris Bohjalian
- Andre Dubus III
- Julia Glass
- Stephen King
- John Irving
- Wally Lamb
- Elinor Lipman
- Sue Miller
- Robert B. Parker
- Jodi Picoult
- Anita Shreve
- Kurt Vonnegut
In addition to the authors being from somewhere in New England, most of these authors set their novels in New England, which is part of the charm. New England is comprised of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
I also really like the no nonsense style of writing and practical ways of doing things that these authors all bring to the stories and characters. The frigid New England winters are also fun to read about to me!
Chris Bohjalian - New England Author from Vermont
I found Chris Bohjalian's books in a round about way. I watched the movie Midwives starring Sissy Spacek then read the novel that the movie was based on. I was instantly hooked. I love Bohjalian's novels.
My favorite: Skeletons at the Feast. Interestingly this is one of the few, maybe the only one?, of his books that is not set in New England. But I truly have enjoyed all of the rest of his novels. I'm reading Secrets of Eden now (well, not right now. Right now, I'm typing about reading it.) Did you catch the movie Secrets of Eden on Lifetime? It was excellent!.
Chris Bohjalian's Books - Here's a taste of his novels
Andre Dubus III - He's from Massachusetts
Andre Dubus III is best known for his novel House of Sand and Fog. If you've read it, you know why. It is a masterpiece. I also really really really liked his memoir Townie. Short story writer Andre Dubus is Andre Dubus III's father.
My favorite: House of Sand and Fog for fiction and Townie, for nonfiction. What can I say? I loved them both!
- A Good Book is Awaiting: Townie by Andre Dubus III
Last night I reluctantly finished Townie by Andre Dubus III. Reluctantly because this book wasn't just words on a page by a writer writing about his life.
Gritty. That's what this memoir is. Andre Dubus III looks back and explores his childhood in the tough neighborhoods of greater Boston. He's in his early fifties now, and has a good overview of his life. He's still the boy inside,as well as the matur
Andre Dubus III's Books - Novels, short stories, and a memoir
Julia Glass - She lives in Massachusetts
Julia Glass's first novel, Three Junes, won the National Book Award in 2002. It was an excellent read, but I've enjoyed her other novels more.
My favorite: The Whole World Over
- A Good Book is Awaiting: The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass
Julia Glass is one fine writer. I loved her second novel, The Whole Wide World, best, and Three Junes, her first novel was as good.
Julia Glass's Novels - Four Novels including Three Junes
Stephen King - He lives in Maine and needs no introduction
Okay, if you haven't heard of Stephen King, you must have been living under a rock. He's a little bit popular. He's a lot prolific. And the ratio of his books that I've read is the lowest of any of the New England authors I've listed. I like Stephen King's writing, but for the longest time I thought all he wrote was slasher stuff because the first of his books I read was Carrie. Interestingly, I love true crime but not slasher fiction so much. And I loved On Writing. It is wonderful.
My favorite: Full Dark, No Stars (yes, this is a dark one, but so good!) and On Writing (his memoir and book on writing advice, not to be missed!)
- A Good Book is Awaiting: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Okey, dokey. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of Stephen King. For years I wouldn't read his books because I'd read Carrie and it scared the pee diddle out of me. I think he's refined his writing or I'm a tougher old bird. I know the latter is tru
Select Stephen King Books - Have you read On Writing? You should!
John Irving - From Vermont and My Absolute Favorite
John Irving. There. I've said it all.
This New England writer is THE BEST. Of course, this is just my opinion. He is such a talented storyteller that no one has him beat, especially for some of his earlier novels like The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp, and one of his most recent novel Last Night in Twisted River. John Irving has such a way with the English language that it's magical. Really.
My favorite (book of all time): The Cider House Rules
John Irving's Novels - All good choices
My favorite book. It's wonderful. Just read it.
Wally Lamb - He Lives in Connecticut
Wally Lamb is a well-known New England author who wrote She's Come Undone, which many readers found surprising since it's told from a female point of view. Lamb also write I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, and Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story.
My favorite: She's Come Undone
- Wally Lamb at Harper Collins
Interested in hearing Wally Lamb discuss his novels? Lamb and Richard Wolinsky, host of Bookwaves on KPFA-FM, discussed I Know This Much Is True in 1998, and they met again 10 years later to discuss The Hour I First Believed .
Wally Lamb Books
Elinor Lipman - She Lives in Massachusetts
Elinor Lipman may be the least well-known of these New England writers. I'm not sure. But she is not the least of these writers, not by a long shot. And because of the wonder of the alphabet, I found Lipman's novels while searching for some Laura Lippman books. And boy, am I glad I did.
I love love love Elinor Lipman's writing. She is intelligent, hilarious, and so insightful. Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was made into a 2007 movie starring Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick, and Bette Midler. The book of course is better, but I also love the movie.
My favorite: The Inn at Lake Devine (though this changes because I love all of her books)
- A Novel and Essay Collection by Elinor Lipman - NYTimes.com
A novel and essay collection by Elinor Lipman showcase her urbanity and optimism.
Elinor Lipman Books - Give one a try -- you will not be disappointed
This book is a look at prejudice through the eyes of a young Jewish girl.
This book is sweet and the movie by the same name is wonderful.
Sue Miller - She lives in Massachusetts
Sue Miller has written some wonderful novels, and I've sadly only read a handful of them. I will add these others to my list to read because I've never been disappointed in her writing or storytelling.
My favorite: The World Below
- Sue Miller | Bookreporter.com
Sue Miller is the bestselling author of the novels LOST IN THE FOREST, THE WORLD BELOW, WHILE I WAS GONE, THE DISTINGUISHED GUEST, FOR LOVE, FAMILY PICTURES and THE GOOD MOTHER; the story collection INVENTING THE ABBOTS; and the memoir THE STORY OF M
Sue Miller's Novels - The Good Mother was made into a movie
What a twist there is to this story. Read it and be surprised.
Robert B. Parker - He Has Passed Away But Lived in Massachusetts
The late Robert Parker is another New England author that I admire, but I've not read many of his books. He wrote 65 books. What I have read have been compelling and well written. I love the Jesse Stone movies.
My favorite: Split Image
Robert B. Parker Books
Jodi Picoult - She Lives in New Hampshire
Jodi Picoult is probably right up there with Stephen King as one of the most popular and well-known New England authors. She is such a talent, prolific, and tackles the tough topics in her novels. When I read one of her novels, it's like a lesson in whatever topic she's writing about (like Asperger's Syndrome or the Amish) but told beautifully with a story you don't want to end.
My favorite: House Rules (until I read her next one)
Jodi Picoult's Novels - I really enjoyed her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale
Anita Shreve - She Lives in Massachusetts
Anita Shreve is a wordly author who lives in New England but ventures away from this geography in some of her books. And that's okay. I think my favorites are the books set in New England though, like A Wedding in December, Light on Snow, Sea Glass, Strange Fits of Passion. I could go on.
My favorite: A Wedding in December because it was like a two-fer (one of the characters was writing a book... I love a story within a story!)
- Book Review: ‘Stella Bain,’ by Anita Shreve - Books - The Boston Globe
A young woman When Stella Bain wakes up in a military hospital in France in 1916, cq she is suffering from pneumonia, shell shock, and debilitating pain in her feet from shrapnel. Initially, she can’t even remember her name, much less the telling det
Anita Shreve - Pick a book, any book!
Kurt Vonnegut - Gone but Never Ever Forgotten
Kurt Vonnegut. Yep, he lived in New England, in Massachusetts. He was a crazy man, a crazy writer, good crazy of course. You're probably familiar with Vonnegut's writing and either love it or not. I have to say, his writing is genius but I have to be in the right mood to read it.
My favorite: Galapogos
- Kurt Vonnegut Biography - Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city he would later use in his novels as a symbol of American values.
Kurt Vonnegut - Amazing Writer
Favorite New England Writers
Which of these is your favorite New England writer?
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