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!
Great novel set in Madison and by a Madison author!
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.
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).
Set in Madison, this book is a wonderfully quirky story of a man's quest to understand why people are so unhappy.
Great mystery series set in Michigan.
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.
Densely mythological and contemporary at once, this modern classic of dark fantasy features the creepiest small town in Wisconsin you've ever read.
Set in Door County.
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.
Set in Northern Wisconsin, this coming-of-age novel captures the heartache and difficulty of growing up mixed-race in small town Wisconsin.