Could anyone help me find a good book from New England? I am doing a year long analytical research paper on any given book, the only prerequisite is that the author must have a connection to New England. Each person in the class must have a unique author so no two people do the same thing. I am in a level 0 class, sophmore year, so difficult reading level is fine. Quick note; I love: 1984, Of Mice and Men, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Catcher In The Rye. I wanted to do Catch-22, but all I can find about Joseph Heller is: First work published in The Atlantic, a Boston publisher, in 1949 and he taught at Yale University (Connecticut). NOTE: Jack Kerouac is taken, I wanted to do On The Road. Thanks for any recommendations!  

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Old School, by Tobias Wolff. The setting is a New England prep school, in which the students participate in writing contests. The winner gets an opportunity for a private audience with a famous author: Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway.

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If you need a contemporary book, I would suggest "The Perfect Storm" by Sebastian Junger, a Boston-born author of this gripping tail of an ill-fated fishing boat the Andrea Gail, sailing out of Gloucester.

Other choices would be "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne or "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain.

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If short stories are an option, you could look at Sarah Orne Jewett. Her work is centred in New England. There are Hawthorne stories you could look at too.

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If Hawthorne is an option, you might try The House of the Seven Gables. It is in his typically symbolic style and has very interesting characters and a very interesting view of New England life. The hero is a daguerreotypist and the villain is exposed through one of the daguerreotypes. This story has some thrilling moments and might be a useful title to look into. I always enjoy it.

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I did a google search and found a long list of authors from New England. Does it have to be a contemporary author? If not, you might consider Nathaniel Hawthorne or Herman Melville. Some contemporary (meaning 20th-21st century) you might consider are Katherine Paterson, Anne Beattie, Willa Cather, Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Robert Parker, Anita Shreve, David Mamet, and many others. To be different, unless you are required to choose a novelist, you might want to look at David Mamet. His plays are very innovative.

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Another excellent book by John Irving is A Prayer for Owen Meany, which is a famous book based around the life of a strange character who, in the opening chapters, accidentally kills the narrator's mother. You might like to pick this novel as it is very famous and there will be a lot of information on it out there that you could use to do your report.

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John  Irving was born March 2, 1942. He is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter He wrote The World According To Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, and Cider House Rules among others.  The obvious choice would be Steven King who lives in Maine and writes a lot of his novels in a New England setting.  Another good author is Dan Brown. Dan writes thriller fiction like  The Da Vinci Code. He was born in Exeter, NH.  Dan also wrote The Lost Symbol but I believe you would really enjoy Digital Fortress which has a science fiction element to it.  A well known Science Fiction author is Howard Phillips Lovecraft.  He was born in August of 1890 and died in 1937. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was a proflic writer and much of his work is no longer under copyright so you can read his works online without spending money.  One of my favorites was The Shadow Out of Time (1935).

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