6 Books Set in New England That Explore Complex Families

In each book, geography plays a central role in the varied experiences of what it means to be family.

These books—all set in New England—each feature parts of the Northern coastal setting. Some have waves crashing along the rocky coastline, others feature protagonists walking along the cobblestone streets of Boston’s Cambridge, and others take place in the drafty rooms of a rural home. But what these books all have in common is their exploration of the evolving American family. In these titles, we see a variety of tribulations that families can face; coming to terms with flaws, the ever-evolving norms of marriage and love, the simultaneous ache of child-rearing, and growing old are all deeply dissected and explored by six very different female writers who use New England as the serene, and at times turbulent, backdrop for the varied perceptions, stories, and experiences of what it means to be a family.

 


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About Gianna Antolos

Gianna Antolos

GIANNA ANTOLOS is a graduate of Pace University and owner of a very dusty Master of Arts in English Literature. In pursuit of a career in publishing, she put down the pen and found her niche in marketing. She is excited to re-unite with her pen in an effort to share her passion for the books she falls in love with every day. She resides in New York with her Croatian husband and his eighty-five relatives that live next door, across the street, and in the apartment above. You can follow her on Instagram @giannasantolos.

  • Scott

    The character in Ethan From is Zeena (Zenobia), not Zeenie.

  • Scott

    Ethan Frome!

  • Melissa Skinnell

    I would add The Cider House Rules & A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Body Surfing by Anita Shreve and The Island House by Nancy Thayer.

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