Best Books Set in or About Florida ( books)We may not have the MET, we may not have the New York Public Library, our county commissioners might even be considering selling the main branch of the Miami Dade Public Library to developers for a mega-mall, but we have cortaditos , and the PAMM — and a surprisingly robust literary tradition. It might help you with a quick-witted answer the next time an old uppity college buddy trashes the place. You had lots of suggestions for others that should be on this list. Here they are. Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in s Florida.
What are the best books set in or about Florida?
Written in by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling was the best selling novel in America the year it was published. Set in the heavily animal-populated woodlands of central Florida in , the story is about young Jody Baxter and his relationship with a yearling. As any young boy, Jody loves playing in the outdoors but is constantly reminded by the hardships that his family must face. The doe leaves behind a young fawn, and Jody is able to convince his parents that he should adopt the baby deer. As Jody grows up, his yearling companion by his side at all times, he learns many lessons about the tough life of a farmer.
A lot of trouble ensues. Pioneer, Go Home! Rabbit at Rest by John Updike Here is the only book on the list that concerns itself with Florida retirees. Miami by Joan Didion This journey into the Cuban communities of Miami during their most harried, paranoid period is pessimistic, detached and full of the right details. Their fates meet, to riveting effect. Miami Blues by Charles Willeford The Florida crime novel can be considered a genre unto itself, and Willeford was a recent master of it more recent practitioners include Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry. Miami Blues is his best known work and the first one featuring Hoke Moseley, a Miami detective who in this case is investigating a quadruple homicide.
books based on votes: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith.
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