Stories Set in the Midwest

We love living in Wisconsin (most of the time), and these books are great explorations of why the Midwest appeals to so many of us. This is a non-exhaustive list of books we've enjoyed that are set in Wisconsin and other Midwestern towns!

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ISBN: 9781250039811
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 11th, 2014

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780312655310
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Published: Picador USA - September 28th, 2010

Great novel set in Madison and by a Madison author!


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ISBN: 9781571310682
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 5th, 2009

Rhodes has a knack for describing small-town life. If you love Driftless, you may also wish to try his latest novel Jewelweed, also set in Words, WI.


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By Tim Seeley, Mike Norton (Artist), Mark Englert (Artist)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607067542
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Published: Image Comics - July 30th, 2013

Awesome take on the zombie trope, this rural noir graphic novel is set in Wausau and gets into some fascinating character development and pointed looks at racism in rural WI (in between the supernatural creepiness).


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ISBN: 9780547549101
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Published: Mariner Books - July 3rd, 2012

Set in Madison, this book is a wonderfully quirky story of a man's quest to understand why people are so unhappy.


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ISBN: 9781250012685
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 22nd, 2012

Great mystery series set in Michigan.


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ISBN: 9781891830433
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 18th, 2003

Gorgeous coming-of-age memoir-inflected tale of a boy growing up in small-town WI and grappling with falling in love while growing up in a religiously fundamentalist family.


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ISBN: 9780060558123
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2003

Densely mythological and contemporary at once, this modern classic of dark fantasy features the creepiest small town in Wisconsin you've ever read.


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ISBN: 9780375758546
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Published: Random House Trade - June 8th, 2004

Set in Door County.


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$15.95
ISBN: 9780385720106
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Published: Anchor Books - December 3rd, 1999

Jane Hamilton is one of the best writers of literary fiction writing today, and this novel is the one that vaulted her to that status. 


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ISBN: 9781936070718
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Published: Akashic Books - February 8th, 2011

Set in Northern Wisconsin, this coming-of-age novel captures the heartache and difficulty of growing up mixed-race in small town Wisconsin.