Books Set in Unusual Places (Some of Them Are Really Weird)

books with unusual settings

When we think of books set in really weird places, science fiction and fantasy come to mind. Narnia and Middle Earth, Hogwarts and Westeros. But we wanted to share some books you may not have heard of before. How about a book set entirely on the last day of business at a Connecticut Red Lobster? Or a story that takes place on a park bench near a leafless tree? Or a one-story escalator ride? These settings prove to be more than just places – they’re almost characters themselves, the way they shape the story and sometimes change along the way.

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About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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