Travel Fiction / Fiction of Place


The page offers booklists for fiction whose geographical setting is important to the story. Our Travel and Place in Mystery page offers many more titles with a sense of place.


General Travel Fiction / Fiction of Place

Bibliotravel (Fiona Scannell and James Schellenberg): This is an excellent online resource for identifying books set in distinct locales. Find a mystery set in Boston, the most common city Margaret Atwood uses in her books, what countries the characters in Life of Pi or The English Patient visit, etc. Search by author, title, genre, or setting, or browse entries by category. You can also add new books or comment on books you have read. Currently (8/11) lists about 3,800 books.

Fictional Cities (Jeff Cotton): Great site. Lists of fiction titles (some with detailed annotation) set in Venice), Florence, and a shorter, more personal list for London (lushly annotated, by time period, 16th-21st centuries). Also a handful of titles for Berlin. Also listing of non-fiction and films set in these cities. Regularly updated.

Fiction Set in Different Countries (Lisa Colcord - Fiction-L): Compiled Dec. 2005. About 105 titles/series listed by country: Afghanistan, India, China, Australia, Japan, Spain and Morocco, France, England, South and Central America, Italy, Turkey, African countries, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Israel, Norway, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Greece, Germany, and Austria.

A Sampling of Fiction Set Around the World (Rochester Hills PL, MI): Author, title, webcat link for 1-3 books each for countries/regions from Afghanistan to West Africa. About 75 books in all.

Safe Passage - Selected Fiction Titles with Journey Themes (Cerritos Library, CA): Author, title, pub. year and summary for about 25 novels, many classics, from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out.

You Are There: Books with a Strong Sense of Place (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 30 books, from the Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell to Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett. Updated July 2007.

Far Away Fiction (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Lists about 25 books, organised by location (Africa, Australia, and India), with author, title, publication year. Compiled March 2004.

Great Escapes (B. Hinton, Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): 'Fiction set in exotic vacation locales.' Author, title, pub. year, summary, and webcat link for 15 books, from Judy Blume's Summer Sisters to Anthony Weller's The Garden of Peacocks. Compiled May 2004.

Going Places: Travel Fiction (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 8 novels 'set in exotic or imaginary locales; aboard planes, trains and automobiles; or inside the uncharted destinations of the mind.' March 2011.

Americans Abroad (Wilmette Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, webcat link, and summary for 9 books, from Harriet Doerr's Consider This Senora to Anne Rivers Siddons' Hill Towns. Compiled March 2006, updated 2010.

Dream Vacation? Think Again (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Fifteen books about vacations that don't turn out as planned. Author, title, one-line summary, from Bloody Bonsai by Peter Abresch to The Evolution of Jane by Cathleen Schine. Compiled May 2000, rev. May 2007.

Zeitgeist Novels (Mary Rindfleisch - Fiction-L): 'The main common characteristic seems to be that all of these books bring a particular place and time so vividly to life that you can believe 'you are there.'' Compiled March 2000. Author, title, time period/place for about 65 novels.

Pleasant Places (Sarah Cody - Fiction-L): Compiled Sept. 2006. Author and title for about 60 titles/series set in nice places. (Mostly gentle reads.)

A Sense of Place I (Julie Keating - Fiction-L): Compiled Jan. 1997. 'Novels where the scene, the setting, or the environment is a major character.' About 70 titles/series listed, from Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series to Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome. Followed by A Sense of Place II, compiled in Aug. 1997 by K.A.K. Keller, which lists another 30 or so similar titles, from Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits to Tim Winton's The Riders. And: A Strong Sense of Place (2004), compiled by Patti Cheney, a list of about 30 similar books published since 1998.

No Suitcase Needed: Novels Where Setting Is A Key Player (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title, and one-line summary for over 20 novels with a sense of place.

Amrchair Travel (Denver Public Library, CO): Narrative article listing about 25 novels that provide 'a distinct sense of a unique locale,' with webcat links.

Real Corkers: Books to tempt the palate (Pontefract Library Readers Group): 6-page PDF file. Interesting idea. Title, author, summary for several books each from various parts of the world, along with regional wines that might be imbibed while reading. Locales are North America, South America, Italy, Australia, South Africa, France, Spain, Eastern Europe, Germany. List is in PDF format, accessible from the link cited.

Continental Drift: Fiction Set In Exotic Locales On The Seven Continents (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title, and one-line summary for about 75 novels in exotic locales across the continents. Arranged by continent (including Antarctica). Compiled Jan. 1995, revised May 2004.

Fiction Set in Rain Forests (Christine Jeffords - Fiction-L): Compiled Aug. 2000. Short (14 titles) but interesting list including two Michael Crichton novels, WH Hudson's Green Mansions, and Robert Holdstock's The Emerald Forest.

Fiction with a River Setting (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title listed for over 15 novels set on or near a river, from City of Light by Lauren Belfer to Petals on the River by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Compiled July 2002.

Road Novels (Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX): Author, titles, brief summaries, webcat links, for about 15 novels about life 'on the road,' from Doris Betts' Heading West to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Updated May 2009.

ZoomZoom: Tales from the Open Road (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title listed for over 20 novels featuring cars and road trips, from Rocket City by Carolyn Alpert to Crash Course by Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Compiled June 2002.

In Foreign Lands: Novels About Immigrants (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title listed for about 20 novels. Compiled Oct. 2002.

Recent Fiction From Around the Globe (St. Charles PL, IL): Author and title only for about 125 novels listed by country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Compiled Oct. 2008. Previously, Multicultural Fiction: Read Around the World.

Postcolonial Fiction (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for 10 books, from Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses. Settings include India, Antigua, Nigeria, post-apartheid South Africa, etc. Updated July 2007.

Travelers' Tales: Journeys, Treks & Adventures of a Lifetime (Linda Bova and Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): TRUE stories. Author, title, publication year, brief summaries for over 80 travel narratives and travel adventure stories, from A Byzantine Journey by John Ash to Journey Across Tibet by Sorrel Wilby. Updated Aug. 2006.

Drowned Towns (M. Williams): Author, title, publication year, page count, and summary for about 30 crime novels and other fiction (most for adults, with a few YA and juvenile titles) featuring the intentional submerging, inundating, and flooding of towns, villages, cities, and other places as a consequence of building dams and reservoirs. Created Aug. 2006.

Ten of the best: cases of seasickness in literature (The Guardian): John Mullan lists the 10 best cases of seasickness in literature, and describes them slightly, including Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Compiled Feb. 2011.

Africa and The Middle East

Fiction in Africa and the Middle East (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists 25 titles, by country or region, with author and summary for each book.

Classic Fiction: Africa / Middle East (Timberland Regional Library, Olympia WA): Author, title, webcat link and country (and some cover images) provided for about a dozen books, from Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart to Latifa Zayyat's The open door. Compiled Fall 2008.

AFRICA

Historical Novels: Africa (HistoricalNovels.Info): Extensive list of fiction and mysteries set in Africa, segmented into separate lists: Egypt and the North; Mysteries set in Egypt and the North; South Africa; Elsewhere in Africa; Mysteries set Elsewhere in Africa. Author, title, pub. year, Powells link, and summary for each.

Fiction Set in South Africa (BiblioTravel): Lists about 30 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in S. Africa as a whole, and in Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Eastern Cape, Johannesburg, Soweto, and Kruger National Park.

Into Africa (Library Point - Central Rappahannock Regional Library, VA): Author title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 20 fiction, memoir and biography titles set in Africa, from Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan to Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong.

Out of Africa (Terry Ratoff, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 35 novels 'influenced by Africa.' Also non-fiction titles.

More Fiction From Africa (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library): Descriptions and webcat links for 4 books set in Africa.

South Africa (Hampshire County Council, UK): Author, title, summary for 8 novels, from A Dry White Season by Andre Brink to Frankie and Stankie by Barbara Trapido. Compiled Nov. 2007.

Fiction Set in South Africa (Karen Mitchell, Waterford Township PL, MI): Author, title, cover image, webcat link for 8 novels, from Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor to Mixed Blood by Roger Smith. Compiled June 2011.

Fiction Set in Kenya (BiblioTravel): Lists about 40 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Kenya as a whole, and in Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Olorgasailie.

MIDDLE EAST

Historical Novels: Middle East (HistoricalNovels.Info): Extensive list of fiction and mysteries set in the Middle East, segmented into separate lists: The Arabian Peninsula; Palestine, Israel, Syria, Lebanon; Turkey and the Ottoman Empire; Mesopotamia and Afghanistan; Persia; Mysteries set in the Middle East. Author, title, pub. year, Powells link, and summary for each.

Literature of the Middle East (Evanston Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 40 fiction works, as well as poetry and anthologies, about Arab-Americans, Moroccans, Iranians, Algerians, Turkish, Lebanese, Saudis, Iraqis, etc., some set in the middle east and some in other places. From Diana Abu-Jaber's Arabian Jazz to Bahaa Taher's Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery.

Middle Eastern Fiction (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 15 books, from The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany to The Liberated Bride by Abraham B Yehoshua. Compiled Nov. 2008.

Fiction from the Arabic World (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about a dozen books, from The Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber to The Liberated Bride by A.B. Yehoshua. Settings include Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The Arab World (Hampshire County Council, UK): Author, title, one-line summary for about 10 novels set in Arab countries, from Last Chapter by Leila Abouzeid to Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. Compiled Nov. 2007.

The Middle East and Central Asia: Recent Fiction and Nonfiction Titles (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for 9 recommended books of fiction and about a dozen non-fiction titles; fiction titles from The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri to Strange Fire by Melvin Bukiet. Updated July 2007.

Middle East Fiction (Robin Youngerman - Fiction-L): About 70 fiction authors and titles, no summaries. Also 9 novels for YA and 2 memoirs. Fiction from Sitt Marie Rose by Etel Adnan to Martyr's Crossing by Amy Wilentz. Compiled Feb. 2003.

The Middle East in Fiction (St. Charles PL, IL): Author and title only for about 30 novels set in the Middle East, from My Father's Notebook by Kader Abdolah to The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. Compiled Oct. 2006.

Set in Afghanistan (BiblioTravel): Lists about 25 fiction and non-fiction books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Afghanistan as a whole, and specifically in Balkh, Herat, Kabul, and Kandahar.

Tales of Afghanistan (Hampshire County Council, UK): Author, title, one-line summary for 8 novels set at least partly in Afghanistan, from For a pagan song: travels in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan by Jonny Bealby to Behind the Burqa by Batya Yasgur Swift. Compiled Nov. 2007.

Afghanistan Stars (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews for 5 fiction titles and 11 non-fiction titles set in Afghanistan or by Afghani authors.

Fiction Set in Algeria (BiblioTravel): Lists about 25 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Algeria as a whole, and in Algiers, Hassi-R'Mel, In Amenas, and Tamanrasset.

Fiction Set in Egypt (BiblioTravel): Lists about 90 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Egypt as a whole, and in Alexandria (19), Cairo (27), the Great Pyramids, Luxor, the Nile River (9), Suez Canal, etc.

Novels of 20th and 21st Century Egypt (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 20 fiction and mystery titles, from Conrad Allen's Murder on the Marmora to Paul Sussman's The Last Secret of the Temple.

Historical Fiction: Focus on Ancient Palestine (Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT): 2-page PDF. Author, title, publication year for about 45 fiction titles.

The Americas

Including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean, and South America.

Fiction Set in the Americas (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists over 25 titles, by country (Canada, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean) or ethnicity (Latin America), with author and summary for each book.

Great Getaways: Fiction for a Wandering Mind (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Authors and titles of books set in Brazil (2 books), the Caribbean (10), Central America (3), Hawaii (16), Jamaica (5), Mexico (18), Puerto Rico (3), South America (4), Trinidad (3), the Virgin Islands (1), and the West Indies (1).

CANADA

Classic Canadian Fiction (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Author, title, webcat links for about 110 books, from Andre Alexis' Childhood to Jane Urquhart's Away.

Contemporary Canadian Fiction (Vancouver PL): Author, title, some cover images, webcat link and summary for about 20 novels, from Breaking Lorcaby Giles Blunt to The Winter Vault (set in Canada and Egypt) by Anne Michaels.

Canadian Fiction Classics (Windsor PL, ON, CN): Author, title, pub. year, page count, webcat link, one-line summary for about 25 books, from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries.

Fiction Set in Montreal (BiblioTravel): Lists about 40 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes children's and YA books.

Fiction Set in Toronto (BiblioTravel): Lists about 150 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, and time period. Includes children's books.

Toronto in Fiction (Toronto PL): Author, title, pub year, summary of novels for adults, teens and children set in Toronto, by time period of setting: before 1820, 1820s to 1880s, 1890s to 1920s, 1930s to 1945, 1945 to 1970s, 1980s to the present, Future.

Toronto Fiction (Toronto PL): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, summary for about 25 novels set in Toronto, in title order from Broken by Kelley Armstrong to The winter vault by Anne Michaels.

Fiction Set in Ottowa (BiblioTravel): Lists about 100 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, and time period. Includes children's books.

The local connection: books set in the Windsor area (Windsor PL, ON, CN): Author, title, pub. year, page count, webcat link, one-line summary for about 10 books set in Windsor, Ontario, from Gerry Dimmick's Teacher to Mark Winegardner's The Godfather Returns (which has one scene in a Windsor hotel).

Fiction Set in Manitoba (BiblioTravel): Lists about 45 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, and time period, with 29 in Winnepeg; Includes children's/YA books. Not all are fiction titles.

Fiction Set in Alberta (BiblioTravel): Lists about 45 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, and time period, including 8 in Edmonton. Includes children's books. Not all are fiction titles.

A Recommended Reading of British Columbia Fiction (Vancouver PL): Author, title, some cover images, webcat link and summary for about 25 novels (in title order), from Advice for Italian Boys by Anne Giardini to Very Hard Choices by Spider Robinson.

Vancouver Fiction (Vancouver PL): 'This list includes fiction published within the last few years that is set in Vancouver.' Author, title, some cover images, webcat link and summary for about 20 contemporary novels set in Vancouver.

Fiction Set in Vancouver (BiblioTravel): Lists about 60 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes children's and YA books.

Fiction Set on the Canadian Prairie (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Author and title only for about 110 novels and short story collections set on the Canadian prairie, from Gail Anderson-Dargatz's Recipe for Bees to Alissa York's Mercy.

CARIBBEAN

Fiction Set in the Caribbean (BiblioTravel): Lists about 90 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in the Caribbean area as a whole, and in Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Virgin Islands.

Caribbean Fiction (Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD): Author, title, cover image, webcat link for about 30 titles, from In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez to Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario.

Caribbean Fiction (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 20 fiction titles 'set in Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, and Trinidad.'

Beach Reads about the Caribbean (Ask MetaFilter): Plenty of suggestions, many with links, in response to a request for 'good novels either about or a good chunk of which is set in the Caribbean.' Compiled March 2007.

Caribbean Historical Fiction for Adults (Ann Arbor District Library, MI): Author, title, pub. year and webcat link for 16 novels set in the Caribbean. (Catalog list.)

Leonardo Padura's top 10 Cuban novels (The Guardian): Author, title, pub. year, and summary for 10 novels, including Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier, and Three Trapped Tigers by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. Compiled March 2009.

SOUTH, CENTRAL, LATIN AMERICA

Historical Novels: Latin America (HistoricalNovels.Info): Extensive list of fiction and mysteries set in Latin America, segmented into separate lists: Pre-Columbian Times and the Spanish Conquest; 17th-20th Century Latin America; The Caribbean; and Mysteries. Author, title, pub. year, Powells link, and summary for each.

Classic Fiction: Central and South America (Timberland Regional Library, Olympia WA): Author, title, webcat link and country (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Trinidad, Mexico, Colombia, Haiti, Brazil) provided for 10 books. Compiled Fall 2008.

Fiction Set in Central America (BiblioTravel): Lists about 60 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Central America as a whole, and in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala (19 books), Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Fiction Set in South America (BiblioTravel): Lists about 100 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Argentina (10 books), Bolivia, Brazil (26), Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru (23 books), St. Helena, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela (6).

South America in Fiction (Sonoma Library, CA): 1-page PDF listing author and title only for about 30 novels set somewhere in South America, from Hot Ice by Cherry Adair to Four Days to Veracruz by Owen West.

Adult Summer Reading 2011: South America (Twin Falls PL, ID): Blog posting with list (author, title, webcat link) of 12 novels plus some non-fiction titles and a link to another list. July 2011.

Mysteries set in Latin America (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Author, title, webcat link (for some) and country for about 25 mysteries set in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Mexican Fiction (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 35 fiction titles, from Rudolfo Anaya's The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories to Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North.

THE UNITED STATES

American Road Fiction (Brian Myers, Wilmette PL, IL) Author, title, publication year, summary for about a dozen books, from Nelson Algren's Somebody in Boots to Stephen Wright's Going Native. August 2007.

Quirky Characters in Regional Settings (Williamsburg Regional Library): Most set in the U.S. Author and title only for about 45 books set in the South, Midwest, West and Northeast U.S., plus 7 books/series set in the UK. 'Gentle' and "Racy' books marked as such.

Road Trip USA (Kelly Benson - Fiction-L): Books about road trips across the United States. Fiction and non-fiction, about 25 titles each. Compiled June 2001.

Small Town Life (Kanawha County PL, Charleston, WV): Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 40 novels, arranged in title order from American Rust by Phillip Meyer to The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg. Also a list of non-fiction titles.

Fiction About Route 66 and Sites in Between (Marla Wilckens - Fiction-L): Lists about 40 authors, some with specific titles, some with general locales. No summaries. Also four non-fiction titles. Compiled Jan. 2004.

1960s Novels Set in America (Carrie A. Herrmann - Fiction-L): About 50 titles and authors, not in any particular order. Few summaries. Compiled March 2003.

National Parks (Ann C. Jarvis - Fiction-L): Books that take place in America's national parks, listed by park. About 25 books listed. Compiled June 2001.

Book Your Destination (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists 4 books each set in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, and Washington state. Titles and authors only. Compiled May 1999.

Going Coastal: Mysteries Set on Beaches and Islands (St. Charles PL, IL): Except for the 'Across the Sea' section, all are set in the U.S. Author and title only for about 35 novels, arranged from light (breezy) to dark (stormy).

The South

Southern Accent (Winfield Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 books (mostly fiction) set in the southern U.S., from Tina McElroy Ansa's The Hand I Fan With to Bailey White's Quite a Year for Plums.

Southern Fiction (Terry Ratoff, Skokie Public Library, IL): 'Fresh titles in southern fiction.' Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 35 fiction titles, from Rick Bass's Nashville Chrome to Sherryl Woods' Home in Carolina.

Southern Voices (Williamsburg Regional Library): 'The writers on this list look at the South from a variety of perspectives, but all of them tell stories that draw the reader into the lives of the characters.' Author and title only for about 30 novels, from Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina to Richard Wright's Native Son.

That Southern Flavor (Library Point - Central Rappahannock Regional Library, VA): Author title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 30 books set in the southern U.S.

Dixie Chicks (Harris County PL, TX): 'Books featuring strong southern women.' Author, title, webcat link, summary for about 40 books, from Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina to Rebecca Wells' Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. May 2009.

Nature and the Environment in Appalachian Literature: Literature for Adults (Tina L. Hanlon, Ph.D., Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA): Books about humans' relationship with the land, with Appalachian setting. Author, title, publication info, extensive summary for 7 books. Created June 2002; updated 2004.

Appalachian Fiction (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 40 novels about mountain people, from Harriette Arnow's The Kentucky Trace to Ashley Warlick's The Distance from the Heart of Things. Updated Feb. 2006.

Appalachian Fiction (Christine Jeffords - Fiction-L): Author and title for about 60 titles/series set in Appalachia, from Harriet Simpson Arnow's The Dollmaker to Isabel Zuber's Salt. Also a long list of non-fiction titles. Compiled Oct 2002.

10 favorite novels by Alabama authors set in Alabama (AL.com): Author, title, summary for 10 novels by Alabama writers, set in Alabama ('other than To Kill A Mockingbird'), chosen by Ann Marie Martin. June 2011.

A Florida Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books set in the state of Florida; see esp. the FICTION, CRIME FICTION, and TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS sections, with over 20 books listed. Author, title, summary.

Florida Fiction (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Most seem to be mysteries. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for about 20 novels set in Florida, from Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker to Tampa Burn by Randy Wayne White. Updated Jan. 2008.

Books All Georgians Should Read (Georgia Center for the Book): 'Books by long-established Georgia writers' and 'works by younger authors as well.' Most are fiction. Author and title only, from Snakeskin Road by James Braziel to Bon Appetit Ya'll: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking by Virginia Willis. Compiled 2010. Followed by Top 25 Books By Living Georgia Writers, The 2005 Georgia Top 25 Reading List, and The 2002 Georgia Top 25 Reading List.

Savannah Fiction (Alissa Jones, Fiction-L): Author and title only for about 20 titles. Compiled 2002.

Kentucky in Fiction 1951-1980 (University of Kentucky Libraries): An annotated bibliography of 83 fictional works set in Kentucky. Also provides publication data. Updated March 2007.

New Orleans Fiction (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for about 30 fiction titles and mysteries (listed separately) set in New Orleans, from Cold Steel Rain by Kenneth Abel to A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Updated Jan. 2008.

Going Back to New Orleans (Library Point - Central Rappahannock Regional Library, VA): Author title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 25 books set in New Orleans.

Mardi Gras At Home: A Taste Of New Orleans & Louisiana (St. Charles PL, IL): Author and title only for about 50 fiction titles and about 55 non-fiction. Compiled Jan. 2010.

North Carolina Fiction 1901-1980 (Anne Berkley, Durham County Library, NC): Lists author, title/series, publication date, awards won, and sometimes specific setting for over 65 novels set in North Carolina and written from 1901-1980. Updated 2009.

Carolina by County: From Brunswick to Watauga (K. Vernon, Wake County PL, NC): 'Find fiction taking place in your favorite North Carolina county.' 2-page PDF listing about 15 books, by NC county setting, with author, title, summary. Compiled Sept. 2009.

Small-Town North Carolina (K. Vernon, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF listing about a dozen books, with author, title, summary. Compiled Nov. 2009.

Novels Set in Nashville (Nashville PL, TN): 2-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year only for about 30 recent novels, from Donald Bain's Nashville Noir to Steve Womack's Dirty Money. Compiled 2011.

West Virginia Fiction (Kanawha County PL, Charleston, WV): Catalog list of more than 300 books.

The Southwest, West, Rocky Mountains

A Southwest USA Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books set in the U.S. southwest; see esp. the SOUTHWEST IN FICTION section, with about 15 books listed. Author, title, summary. Titles include Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead; Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage; Tony Hillerman's mysteries; Willa Cather's Death Comes For The Archbishop; and others.

Heart of the Southwest: A Selective Bibliography of Novels, Stories and Tales Laid in Arizona and New Mexico & Adjacent Lands (Lawrence Clark Powell): Almost 120 books. organised by author's name, with title, pub. info, and one-paragraph summary. Author and title indexes.

Murder in Mountain Standard Time (Terri A. Williams, Downers Grove PL, IL): 'Mystery Series in the Rocky Mountain States.' Author, title, pub. year, specific location, type of PI, and webcat link for about 20 series. Compiled April 2000.

Books Set in Colorado (BiblioTravel): Lists 17 books, in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Plus a 12 books for Denver, and a few books each for Boulder, Colorado Springs, et al.

Fiction Books Set in Montana (Big Sky Fishing.com): Author, title, cover image, summary and Amazon link for 15 titles.

Las Vegas Fiction (Patti Cheney - Fiction-L): Author and title for about 45 titles/series set in Las Vegas, NV, some with genres noted. Compiled May 2006.

Books about New Mexico (?): 16-page PDF combining several sources. Some fiction, some mystery, some non-fiction. Hundreds of books, many with author, title, publication info, and summaries. Includes these lists: Books About New Mexico; Books by New Mexicans; Santa Fe Readers' Choices: New Mexico and Southwest Books (Most popular titles of the last fifteen years); A Selected, Annotated Bibliography of Books about Taos and New Mexico; The major writers of mysteries set in New Mexico;

Books Set in New Mexico (BiblioTravel): Lists 17 books, in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Plus one or two each for Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, et al.

Celebrate Oklahoma: 1907-2007 (Silan Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT): 2-page PDF, of which the second page is fiction. Author, title, and pub. year for about 20 books.

Contemporary Fiction Set in Texas (San Antonio Public Library, TX): About 25 novels, with author, title, year of publication, and summary for each, from Janis Arnold's Daughters of Memory to Diego V?zquez' Growing Through the Ugly. Updated Sept. 2004.

Fiction Set in San Antonio (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Almost 60 titles. Author, title, summary, and publication year for each book. Updated July 2005.

Novel Houston (Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX): Author, titles, brief summaries, webcat links, for about 20 novels set in the Houston area, from Frederick Barthelme's Natural Selection to Paula Webb's Domestic Life.

Galveston Bound (Harris County PL, TX): Author, title, webcat link, summary for 10 books, from Linda S. Bingham's Born on the Island: A Novel of Galveston to Ashley Warlick's The Summer After June. May 2009.

Murder in the Lone Star State (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Excellent list. Author, titles, publication info, and summary for each of 131 titles. Series are noted and summarised.

Horny Toads and Ugly Chickens: A Bibliography on Texas in Speculative Fiction (Bill Paige, Texas A&M University): Excellent and extensive 'list of science fiction, fantasy and horror novels that are set in Texas.' Also some short story citations. Over 90% of the books listed were published after 1970. Provides author, title, publication info, and summary for each, and some author info (dates, whether Texan or not).

Books Set in Wyoming (BiblioTravel): Lists 17 books, in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Plus a few books each for Fort Washakie, Laramie, South Pass, Wind River Reservation, and Yellowstone National Park.

California and the Northwest

North by Northwest Fiction (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary for fiction written after 1960 by authors who live, or have lived in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska (excluding the Arctic), and who write about those regions. Over 105 titles, from Hazard Adams's Home: A Novel to MK Wren's Gift Upon the Shore.

Stories of the Pacific Northwest (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Lists 25 mysteries series, with author, first title in series and publication date, and identity/occupation of sleuth; also another 20 fiction books set in the Pacific northwest.

Fiction Set in Seattle (BiblioTravel): Lists 32 books, in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period, from American Gods by Neil Gaiman to Yield Spread by Roger Rheinheimer. Includes a few YA books.

Seattle Literary Scene 101 (Examiner.com): List of about a dozen books (author, title, summary) set in Seattle. Compiled Nov. 2009.

Washington State Fiction (Seattle Public Library): 'A selection of fiction set in Seattle and Washington State.' Author, title, short summary for over 25 fiction titles, from Jane Adams' Seattle Green to Nancy Van Winckel's Curtain Creek Farm.

Novels Set in Portland (OR) (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, and publication year (no summaries) for about 35 fiction titles and 9 mysteries set in Portland.

California Fiction (Los Angeles PL, CA): 'An index to fiction for adults which takes place in California. Can be searched by author, title, locale, decade in which story takes place, and major characters.' Details for about 1,300 books.

California Historical Fiction (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Author, title, publication year, and summary for 15 recommended books, from The Bear Flag by Cecelia Holland to What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell. Compiled Sept. 2002.

California Historical Fiction (Santa Cruz PL, CA): Author, title, summary and webcat link for about 45 titles, from 1906 by James D'Alessandro to When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

Southern California Mysteries (Santa Cruz PL, CA): Author, title, summary and webcat link for about 20 titles, with series noted, from A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton to Zen and the Art of Murder by Elizabeth Cosin.

Northern California Mysteries (Santa Cruz PL, CA): Author, title, summary and webcat link for about 35 titles, with series noted, and separate lists for San Francisco and Santa Cruz, from The 13th Juror by John Lescroart to Witness for the Defense by Jonnie Jacobs.

A San Francisco Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books set in the city of San Francisco, CA; see esp. the FICTION AND POETRY section, with about 30 books listed. Author, title, summary. Titles include poet Gary Snyder's Left Out in the Rain; Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club; Armistead Maupin's novels; Frank Norris's McTeague: A Story of San Francisco; some Dashiell Hammett novels; Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle; and more.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in San Francisco (BiblioTravel): Lists 73 books, in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period, from 12 Bliss Street by Martha Conway to You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore. Includes a few YA books.

Books Set in Los Angeles (BiblioTravel): Mostly fiction, some non-, some YA and children's books. Includes author, title, pub. year, setting year, and summary for 69 books.

List of Hollywood Novels (Wikipedia): List of novels set in Hollywood/Los Angeles and about the American film and television industry and associated culture. Author, title, publication year for about 60 books, from Katherine Albert's Remember Valerie March to Gary K. Wolf's Who Censored Roger Rabbit.

The Midwest

Best Novels on the Midwest (Daily Beast) '13 essential novels' about the Midwest U.S. Author, title, summary and Amazon link for each, from Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson to Native Son by Richard Wright.

Midwest Stories (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 10 novels set in the midwest U.S., including Iowa, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Minnesota, Oklahoma, et al. Updated July 2009.

Mainly in the Plains: A selection of books set in the northern Great Plains states (Lake County PL, IN): Author and title for about 55 fiction titles set in Colorado, the Dakotas, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Updated Jan. 2011.

Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (Ask MetaFilter): Question from Nov. 2010, with suggestions of about 35 books that meet the criteria.

Illinois! Illinois! (Thomas L. Kilpatrick and Patsy-Rose Hoshiko): Excellent, huge list. 'This project attempts to identify a body of fiction about Illinois or set in Illinois and treat it as regional literature.' The list was first published in 1979 under the title, Illinois! Illinois! An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction; that book contained 1554 entries, and this online version has an additional 679 entries. You can browse by author, title, or subject or work, or you can follow Illinois fiction chronologically (Pre-Statehood Years: to 1818; The Prairie Years: 1818-Civil War; The Turbulent Years: Civil War-1914; Illinois Comes of Age: 1914-1945; and 1945-1976). Each entry provides title, author, publication info, and summary of the work; some include photos of the book covers.

Chicago Fiction (Metropolitan Library System, Burr Ridge, IL) : Author, title, audience (adult, YA), publication info, and summary for about 20 books.

Classic Chicago (Lynette Pitrak, Downers Grove PL, IL): Author, title, pub. year, page count, summary and webcat link for 10 books. Compiled Oct. 2009.

City Songs: Fiction Set in Chicago (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Authors and titles only (no summaries) for almost 40 books set in Chicago, from Leavin' Trunk Blues by Ace Atkins to An Echo of Death by Mark Zubro. Compiled Oct. 2000.

Iowa: A Literary Landscape (Busse Library, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA) : Exceptionally well-presented bibliography of fiction with an Iowa setting. Adult books in alpha order by author's name, short stories/novellas, and children's books, with indexes by author, Iowa town, Iowa county, and Iowa region. Author, title, detailed publication info (various editions listed), and a note about the setting/time period. Seems to be about 700 works listed so far.

Iowa Cities of Fact and Fiction (Iowa City Press-Citizen): Author, title, summary for about 20 fiction works set in Iowa. Compiled in 2010.

Fiction with an Iowa City Setting: An Annotated Checklist (Earl M. Rogers): Very detailed annotations/summaries for about 100 works of fiction set in Iowa City, IA. Author, title, publication info, page counts.

A Literary Tour of Michigan (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, publication year, summary for about 30 fiction and non-fiction books set in Michigan or written by Michigan authors during the 1990s, listed by city or town.

Some Really Good Books Set in Minnesota (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, webcat link for about 15 titles, including a few YA and children's books.

Fiction Set in Duluth (Duluth Public Library, MN): Author and title only (no summaries) for almost 25 novels set in and around Duluth, MN, from Scott D. Anderson's Unknown Rider to J F Trainor's Target for Murder.

Missouri Fiction (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Lists 18 titles set or partially set in Missouri, with author and detailed summary of each title. From Baby, Would I Lie? by Donald E. Westlake to Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg.

Literature of the Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 (Library of Congress): Author, title, publication info, and summary for 10 or so novels and a few other books, almost all set in North Dakota, from Ella Cara Deloria's Waterlily to Larry Woiwode's Beyond the Bedroom Wall: A Family Album.

Fiction books that take place in Ohio (Dayton Metro Library, OH): Author, title, summary and webcat link, in separate lists of General Fiction, Mystery, Romance, and Western, about 95 books in all.

Set in Ohio (Akron-Summit County PL, OH): 1-p PDF with author, title, summary for about a dozen books set in Ohio, written by Ohio authors. Jan. 2010.

Cincinnati: The City in Fiction (Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, summary for about 40 novels -- in categories of Historical, Twentieth Century Cincinnati, Mystery Series Set in Cincinnati, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Aug. 2003.

New England

Essential New England: 100 Books (Boston.com): 100 'top books about New England or written by local authors.' Author, title, pub. year, cover image and summary for each, in ranked order.

New England Authors: Authors with ties to or settings in N.E. (Debbie Spear - Fiction-L): List of over 120 authors with links to New England. Titles provided in a few cases, no other information. No note of which state is associated with these writers. Compiled Sept. 1999.

Fiction Set in Maine (M. Williams): Author, title, publication year, summaries for over 600 fiction works set in Maine.

Mainely Murder (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): About 15 series (with individual titles listed) and 15 single titles, with author, publication information, and summary. Compiled 2004.

Novels Set in Western Massachusetts (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, pub. year, brief summary, webcat link for General Fiction (20), Historical Fiction (8), Mysteries (12), and books for young adults (5). Compiled April 2010.

Gerald Richman's Annotated Bibliography of Fiction Set in Boston (working draft) Extensive list of fiction set in Boston. Author, title, publication info, some links. Categorised: Anthologies, Multi-Century Sagas, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st+ Century, Mysteries, and Autobiographies. For English 398AE - Boston: A City in Fiction, taught at Suffolk University. Updated June 2011.

Literature and Fiction Set in Boston (Boston University Libraries): Author, title, publication year, and notation as to whether book text is available online, for about 35 titles, from Robert W. Anderson's After to Dorothy West's The Living is Easy.

Books Set in Boston (BiblioTravel): Mostly fiction, some non-, some YA and children's books. Includes author, title, pub. year, setting year, and summary for 83 books.

Books About New Hampshire: Fiction (New Hampshire State Library): Alphabetical list (by title) of fiction set in New Hampshire, with author, publication info, and summary of each book. Nicely done. About 90 books listed. Elsewhere on this site are other bibliographies: Natural Landscape and Guidebooks; Arts and Crafts; History; Legends and Folklore; New Hampshire Cooking; People of New Hampshire; Personal Views: Essays, Journals, Etc.; Poetry and Drama; Politics and Government; and Books for Children and Young Adults.

Fiction Set in Rhode Island (Warwick PL, RI): Author, title, publication year for more than 100 books, from Mark Ammerman's Mark The Rain from God to Geoffrey Wolff's Providence. Compiled April 2008.

The Mid-Atlantic

Books About/Set in Maryland (Reader's Advice): Mostly fiction set in Maryland; some non-fiction, some books by Maryland authors. Author, title, and Amazon link for about 80 titles (some in series), from Peter E. Abresch's James P. Dandy series to Deborah Wiles' Love, Ruby Lavender. Compiled 1999, updated 2005.

Local Flavor: Novels Featuring Baltimore (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Lists more than 20 books set in Baltimore and published between 2004-2010, with author, title, webcat link, and summary, from All My Tomorrows by Rochelle Alers to Four Kinds of Rain by Robert Ward.

Books About/Set in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (Reader's Advice): Mostly fiction set in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland; some non-fiction. Author, title, and Amazon link for about 20 titles, from Margaret L. Carter's Shadow of the Beast to Leslie Walker's Sudden Fury (true crime). Created Aug. 1999, updated 2003.

Books About/Set on or Around the Chesapeake Bay (Reader's Advice): Mostly fiction set on or around the Chesapeake Bay (Maryland/Virginia); some non-fiction. Author, title, and Amazon link for about 40 titles, from John Barth's Coming Soon!!! to John R. Wennersten's The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay. Created Aug. 1999, updated 2004.

From Montvale to Cape May: A Reader's Guide to Fiction set in New Jersey (Ocean City PL, NJ): 2-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about a dozen novels. Compiled Oct. 2010.

Jersey Girls (and Guys) (Library Point - Central Rappahannock Regional Library, VA): Author title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 15 books set in New Jersey.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in New York City (BiblioTravel): Lists about 300 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period, from 2095 by Jon Scieszka to Zelda, a biography by Nancy Milford. Includes children's and YA books.

A New York Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books set in the city of New York; see esp. the NEW YORK IN FICTION section, with about 65 books listed. Author, title, summary. Titles include Edith Wharton's Old New York (collection of stories); Isaac Bashevis Singer's Enemies; Sarah Schulman's lesbian detective stories set in contemporary New York; Joseph Koenig's Little Odessa ; Henry James' Washington Square; Oscar Hijuelos's Our House in the Last World; Chester Himes's The Crazy Kill; some Tama Janowitz stories and a novel; and many more.

New York City Fiction (Linda Bova and Denise Heid, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Title, author, publication info, cover image, summary for 16 books, listed by time period (19th century, early 20th century, 1960s, 1980s). Another page lists 25 Modern Day NYC Fiction titles.

Books Set in New York (The Big Apple) (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 15 novels set in NYC.

New York City Books (Silvia Fernandez - Fiction-L): Author and title only for about 120 books set in NYC, from Jiro Adachi's Island of the Bicycle Dancers to Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar. Compiled Feb. 2005.

Upper Crust New York Fiction (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 9 novels, from Her Infinite Variety by Louis Auchincloss to Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes. Updated July 2009.

Long Island Locale (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Title, author, publication info, summary for each book. 44 books listed. Italic typography is a little hard to read.

Stories Set in Pittsburgh's Past (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for 9 novels that 'focus on Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania's human history; from the 18th-20th centuries. Updated Jan. 2009.

Mostly Fiction Set in Washington, D.C. (BiblioTravel): Lists about 100 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes some biography/memoir, children's and YA books.

The Arctic and Antarctic

Set in Antarctica (BiblioTravel): Lists about 25 fiction and non-fiction books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Antarctica as a whole, Cook Mountains, Faraday, Livingston Island, McMurdo Station, the South Pole, Weddell Sea, et al.

Polar Regions (Lake County PL, IN): Author and title for about 20 novels set in the Arctic and about 15 set in Antarctica, plus non-fiction titles. Updated June 2009.

In and Around the Arctic Circle (Lake County PL, IN): Author and title for about 20 fiction titles set in the Arctic, plus some non-fiction titles.

Set in the Arctic Ocean (BiblioTravel): Lists about 15 fiction and non-fiction books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period.

Asia

Historical Novels: Asia (HistoricalNovels.Info): Extensive list of fiction and mysteries set in Asia, segmented into separate lists: China; Mysteries set in China; Japan; Mysteries set in Japan; Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Nomads of Eurasia; and Southeast Asia. Author, title, pub. year, Powells link, and summary for each.

Fiction Set in Asia (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 30 titles, by country, with author and one-line summary for each book. Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam.

Asian Fiction (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 30 books, with countries noted (China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Malaysia).

Far Eastern Fiction (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 60 'recently published novels by Asian and Western authors' set in Hong Kong (15), Korea (20), Mongolia (7), Taiwan (10), and Tibet (7).

Asian Fiction (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, country of setting, and webcat link for about 35 novels set in China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Pakistan and Thailand. April 2009.

Classic Fiction: Asia (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, country of setting, and webcat link for about 20 fiction titles set in Afghanistan, China, Japan, India, Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Compiled 2008

Books Set in Southeast Asia (Jenne Bergstrom - Fiction-L): About 30 titles and authors listed, mostly fiction, most without summaries, from Gordon Beld's A Gentle Breeze from Gossamer Wings to Wilbur Wright's Carter's Castle. Compiled Feb. 2004.

Asia Reading List (Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System, British Columbia): Fiction set in Japan, China, India, or elsewhere in Asia. Simply lists author and title. Over 70 books.

Travel the Silk Road (Lake County PL, IN): Author, title and webcat link for about 20 works of fiction set along the Silk Road, plus some non-fiction titles. Updated Aug. 2010.

India

Historical Novels: India (HistoricalNovels.Info): Extensive list of fiction and mysteries set in India, segmented into separate lists: Ancient, Golden Age and Pre-Colonial India; Colonial and Post-Colonial India; and Burma and Ceylon. Author, title, pub. year, Powells link, and summary for each.

Imaginary India (Cerritos Library, CA): Author, title, pub. year and summary for about 65 novels, from Meena Alexander's Nampally Road to Gloria Whelan's Homeless Bird.

Indian Literature (Evanston Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, webcat link for works by about 45 authors, as well as poetry, anthologies, non-fiction titles, and videos, about India and Indians. From Ahmed Ali's Twilight in Delhi to Vineeta Vijayaraghavan's Motherland.

Your Passage To India (B. J. Seitzer, Durham County Library, NC): Provides author, title, summary of each of 25 novels that take place, at least partially, in India. From Vikram Seth's An Equal Music to Shasi Tharoor's Show Business. Compiled August 2000.

Fiction of India (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 15 books, from Tamarind Woman by Anita Rau Badani to The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri. Not all are set in India (e.g., The Life of Pi). Compiled March 2009.

Stars of India (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for about 30 fiction titles about India or by Indian writers, plus a few non-fiction.

Stories from Other Lands: East India (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, and webcat link for about 35 recommended books by 14 authors, including Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Ruth Prawe Jhabvala, Bharati Mukherjee, Vikram Seth, etc.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in India (BiblioTravel): Lists about 60 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in India as a whole, and in Mumbai (Bombay), Calcutta, New Delhi, Varanasi, and many other cities and states.

Novels Set in India (Melissa Rice - Fiction-L): Author and title for about 250 titles/series set in or mostly in India, from Meena Alexander's Nampally Road: A Novel to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Path of the Eclipse. Compiled April 2001.

China

Fiction Set in China (Terry Ratoff, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 30 novels, from Feiyu Bi's The Moon Opera to Ailing Zhang's Lust, Caution: The Story.

Fiction Set in Mainland China (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, pub. year, brief summary, webcat link for 2 lists, fiction set in China by Chinese authors (this one lists books) and by Chinese authors living abroad (thos one lists authors, where they live now, and a selection of from 1 to 3 books for each). About 20 titles in all. Compiled Dec. 2008.

China (Winfield Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 novels set in China, from Alai's Red Poppies to Qui Xiaolong's Death of a Red Heroine.

Set in China (BiblioTravel): Lists more than 1000 fiction and non-fiction books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in China as a whole, and in Beijing (27), Hong Kong (15), Lanzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Taklamakan Desert, the Yangtze River, and other provinces and places.

List of Fiction Set in Shanghai (Wikipedia): Author and title (some with links to further Wikipedia articles) for about 25 novels.

Japan

Japan in Historical Fiction in English (personal website by Nikki White): Extensive resource, with two lists: novels, and short stories. Each novel includes title, author, pub. info, time period of setting, and (for most) summary. MOre than 200 novels listed, From Max Abelard's Magnificent Samurai to Eiji Yoshikawa's Taiko. Updated Sept. 2010.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Japan (BiblioTravel): Lists more than 100 books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Japan as a whole, and in Kyoto (9), Nagasaki, Osaka (9), Tokyo (49 books), Yokohama (3), and others.

Japanese Literature (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 10 recommended books, from Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes to Banana Yoshimoto's NP. Updated July 2007.

Fiona Campbells Top 10 Books Set in Japan (The Guardian): Author, title, and summary for 10 books, including I am a Cat by Natsume Soseki and Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki. Compiled April 2007.

Japanese Fiction (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 40 novels, from Ellis Avery's The Teahouse Fire to Banana Yoshimoto's Hardboiled; and Hard Luck.

Fiction set in Japan (Karen Mitchell, Waterford Township PL, MI): Author, title, cover image, webcat link for 10 novels, from The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery to The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama. Compiled July 2011.

Russia

Russian Fiction (Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS): 4-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 40 books, most of which are novels, from Fedor Abramov's Two Winters and Three Summers to Vladimir Voinovich's Monumental Propaganda. Compiled June 2008.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Russia (BiblioTravel): Lists about 50 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Russia as a whole and in Moscow (19 books), Siberia (5), St. Petersburg (Leningrad) (7), and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

Sing to the Motherland: A selection of novels about Russia (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, titles, publication info, and summary for each of about 65 titles, from Boris Akunin's The Winter Queen to Jack Womack's Let's Put the Future Behind Us. Compiled 2003, updated 2007.

Popular Historical Fiction - Russia (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, pub. year, brief summary, webcat link for about 15 titles. Compiled June 2010.

Classic and Contemporary Russian Literature (Wake County PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 15 books, half classic and half contemporary. Compiled March 2009.

Vietnam

Vietnam in Fiction (Hershey PL, PA): Author and title (and webcat link for some) for 15 novels set in Vietnam.

Australia and The Pacific

Classic Fiction: Australia and the Pacific (Timberland Regional Library, Olympia WA): Author, title, webcat link and country (Australia, NZ, Tahiti) provided for 6 books. Compiled Fall 2008.

Historical Novels: Australasia (HistoricalNovels.Info): Extensive list of fiction and mysteries set in Australia and New Zealand. Author, title, pub. year, summary for each. From Robin Adair's Death and the Running Patterer to Marion Grace Woolley's Angorichina.

Set in Oceania (BiblioTravel): Lists about 120 fiction and non-fiction books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in Australia (67), Cook Islands, Fiji, Marquesas, New Zealand (19), Niue, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Samoa (8), Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Takaku, and Tonga.

Fiction In Australia and the Pacific (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists over 20 titles, by country or continent (includes New Zealand, Easter Island, Borneo, Fiji), with author and brief summary for each book.

Set in Australia (BiblioTravel): Lists about 70 fiction and non-fiction books by place, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period. Includes books set in various places in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, Brisbane, etc.) and generally on the continent.

Land Down Under: Novels Set in Australia (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): 37 titles, with author, publication info, and summary for each. From Emily Barr's Baggage to The Dreaming by Barbara Wood.

Australia (Winfield Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 novels set in Australia, from Emily Barr's Baggage to Janet Tanner's All That Glisters.

Australia: Fiction Set Down Under (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title, and one-line summary for a dozen books set in Australia, from Vanishing Points by Thea Astley to Blueback by Tim Winton, and titles/authors only listed for two dozen more.

Stories from Under the Southern Cross (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Lists author and title only of about 50 works of fiction with an Australian setting. Compiled 2001.

An Australia Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books about and set in Australia; see especially the fiction, classics, anthologies, and aboriginal people's writings lists.

Top 10s: my favourite novels about Australia (Reading Matters): An ex=pat Australian's favourite 10 fiction books about Australia, including Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey and 1915 by Roger MacDonald, with author, title, cover image, publication year and summary for each. Compiled Sept. 2005.

Classic New Zealand Fiction (Auckland City Libraries): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 12 novels, compiled by readers in 2009. Also: Top 10 New Zealand Novels, compiled by a librarian in 2009, and Overlooked New Zealand Fiction, a list of about 10 novels compiled by readers in 2008.

Europe/Britain/Ireland

Fiction Set in Europe (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists over 85 titles, by country (from Austria to Ukraine), with author and summary for each book.

Classic Fiction: Continental Europe (Timberland Regional Library, Olympia WA): Author, title, webcat link and country (Russia, France, Germany, Croatia, Norway, Italy, Poland, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, Albania, Denmark, England, Spain) provided for 45 books. Compiled Fall 2008.

Armchair Travel: A select list of novels set in Europe (Boxford Town Library, MA): Author, title and summary for about 30 books, set from Albania to the Ukraine.

Display This: A Romp through Europe (Stacked): Author, title, cover image and summary for 27 novels in all, with three novels each from France, Germany, England, Spain, Italy, and a book each from the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania and Switzerland. These are primarily books with young adult appeal. Compiled May 2011.

Balkans and Eastern Europe

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Prague (Czech Republic) (BiblioTravel): Lists about 40 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period, from The Alchemist's Door by Lisa Goldstein to The Widow Killer by Pavel Kohout. Includes children's and YA books.

Booking the Balkans (Lake County PL, IN): Author and title for about 30 fiction titles set in the Balkans.

Meet Me in Central Europe: Authors from or settings in former Soviet Bloc nations (Lake County PL, IN): Author and title for about 50 novels set in former Soviet bloc states, from Josef Bor's The Terezin Requiem to Lajos Zilahy's Century in Scarlet. Updated March 2011.

Germany, Switzerland, Austria

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Germany (BiblioTravel): Lists about 85 books (some non-fiction) by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, set in Germany as a whole and in Berlin (26 books), Dresden, Frankfurt (9), Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, etc.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Switzerland (BiblioTravel): Lists about 45 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Switzerland as a whole and in Geneva (20 books), Zurich (13), and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

Scandinavia

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Denmark (BiblioTravel): Lists about 30 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, set in Denmark as a whole and in Copenhagen, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland (13), and Jutland.

What Should I Read Now? Norse/Icelandic Sagas (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, series notations, and webcat links for dozens of sagas of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland.

Fiction of Scandinavia (Kathleen Martin - Fiction-L): Fiction (in English) of Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and of the Viking era. Author and title listed only. About 70 books listed. Compiled Sept. 1997.

Scandinavian Crime Writers (Auckland City Libraries): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about a dozen novels, compiled in November 2009. Includes books by Nesbo, Lackberg, Nesser, Eriksson, Fossum, Larsson, Mankell, etc.

Scandinavian Sleuths (Skokie Public Library, IL): Separate lists for Mysteries set in Denmark; Mysteries set in Finland (1); Mysteries set in Iceland; Mysteries set in Norway; and Mysteries set in Sweden. Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 50 novels in all, by 22 authors.

UK (England, Scotland, Wales) and Ireland

Classic Fiction: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales (Timberland Regional Library, Olympia WA): Author, title, webcat link and country provided for about 40 books. Many more for England than the other countries. Compiled Fall 2008.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in England (BiblioTravel): Lists more than 500 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in England as a whole and in London (268 books), Oxford (16), Manchester (15), the Lake District, Liverpool, Yorkshire (21), the Thames Valley/River, etc. Includes children's and YA books.

Oh, To Be In England... (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Fiction set in England. Author, title, one-line summary for about 15 books, from Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson to Part of the Furniture by Mary Wesley. Compiled March 2000.

Fictional Cities: London (Jeff Cotton): List of about 65 fiction titles, with lush annotation, set in London, as well as a listing of non-fiction and films set in these cities.

Fiction Set in London (BiblioTravel): Lists about 270 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period, from The 8:55 to Baghdad by Andrew Eames to Youth by J.M. Coetzee. Includes children's and YA books.

Pot o' Gold: A Selection of Irish Fiction (Lynne Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook NY): Author, title, pub. year and summary for about 40 books. Also: Pot o' Gold II: More Irish Fiction , with another 50 books/series, subdivided into fiction, mystery, and sci-fi/fantasy. Compiled 1999, last updated 2011.

Irish Fiction (Harris County PL, TX): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 15 novels, from Sebastian Barry'sThe Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty to Niall Williams's As It Is in Heaven. Compiled May 2009.

Irish Authors, Irish Stories (P. Wiggins, Wake County PL, NC): 2-page PDF with author, title, webcat link and summary for 16 books, from PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern to Irish Girls About Town: An Anthology of Short Stories. (Most are novels.) Compiled March 2011.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Ireland (BiblioTravel): Lists about 55 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Ireland as a whole and in Dingle Penisula, Dublin (12 books), Galway, Limerick, and other towns. Includes children's and YA books.

Irish Authors (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for 10 recommended books (fiction and poetry), from Tain Bo Cuailnge by anonymous to WB Yeats' The Collected Poems. Updated July 2007.

Irish Fiction (Lisa Mettauer - Fiction-L): Author and title listed only. About 65 titles listed, from Sebastian Barry's The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty to Niall Williams's As It Is In Heaven. Compiled Feb. 2000.

A Dublin Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books set in Dublin, Ireland; see esp. the FICTION section, with about 35 books listed. Author, title, summary.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Scotland (BiblioTravel): Lists about 100 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Scotland as a whole and in Edinburgh (23 books), Glasgow (8), Loch Ness (4), the Orkney Islands (10), the Highlands (12), and other regions. Includes children's and YA books.

Set in Scotland (Brenda Welch - Fiction-L): Author and title for about 25 titles/series set in Scotland, from Sandy Blair's A Man in a Kilt to Sue Ellen Welfonder's Until the Knight Comes. Compiled Nov. 2007. Compiled April 2001.

An Edinburgh Reading List (Anglistik Guide, State and University Library at G?ttingen, Germany): Suggested books set in Edinburgh, Scotland; see esp. the FICTION section, with 12 books listed. Author, title, summary.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Wales (BiblioTravel): Lists about 30 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Wales as a whole and in Bangor, Cardiff, Mount Snowdon, and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

France

(Mostly) Fiction Set in France (BiblioTravel): Lists about 240 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, set in France as a whole and in Paris (145), Marseilles (6), and other towns and regions of France.

France (Winfield Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 novels set in France, from Elizabeth Adler's The Hotel Riviera to Graham R. Wood's Detective Lariant Investigates: A WorldKrime Mystery.

Fiction Set in France (Sheila Davis, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 30 novels, from Cara Black's Murder in the Marais to Hilary Whelan's A Shoulder to Die On.

French Historical Fiction (Ann Arbor District Library, MI): Author, title, pub. year, cover image and webcat link for about 35 books, from The Cavalier Of The Apocalypse by Susanne Alleyn to April In Paris by Michael Wallner. Last updated June 2011.

Fiction Set in Paris (BiblioTravel): Lists about 145 books in alpha order by title, with author, publication year, genre, and time period, from Accelerando by Charles Stross to Zelda by Nancy Milford. Includes children's books and some non-fiction.

April in Paris: A Selection of Books Set in Paris (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Author and titles only for about 30 novels and 5 mystery series set in Paris. Updated May 2009.

Mediterranean: Greece, Italy, Turkey

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Greece (BiblioTravel): Lists about 35 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Greece as a whole and in Athens (10 books), Corfu, Crete, and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

The Glory That Is Greece (Lake County PL, IN): Author, title and webcat link for about 10 mystery and suspense novels, about 20 historical and mythical fiction titles, and 8 contemporary titles about Greece. Updated Feb. 2011.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Italy (BiblioTravel): Lists about 150 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Italy as a whole and in Florence, Rome (40 books), Sicily, Venice (32 books), Florence (12), and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

Italy (Winfield Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 novels set in Italy, from Elizabeth Adler's Summer in Tuscany to Susan Vreeland's The Passion of Artemisia.

La Dolce Vita: Contemporary tales of life, love, scenery and food in Italy (Laura R, Wake County PL, NC): 2-pag PDF with author, title, webcat link and summary for about a dozen books (mostly novels) set in Italy, from Summer in Tuscany by Elizabeth Adler to Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Compiled March 2011.

Fiction Set in Italy (Lukie Marriott, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 35 novels, from Niccolo Ammaniti's I'm Not Scared to Susan Vreeland's The Passion of Artemisia.

Venice: Fiction and Non-Fiction (Overbooked): Fiction and nonfiction set in Venice, Italy. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for about 10 titles.

Fictional Cities: Venice (Jeff Cotton): Great site. List of more than 300 fiction titles set in (more than 300 titles), some with lush annotation. Also listing of non-fiction and films set in Venice.

Fictional Cities: Florence (Jeff Cotton): List of about 100 fiction titles set in Florence, some with lush annotation. Also listing of non-fiction and films set in Florence.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Turkey (BiblioTravel): Lists about 50 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Turkey as a whole and in Ankara, Istanbul (20 books), Izmir, Kars, and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

Spain and Portugal

Spanish Settings (Hampshire County Council, UK): Author, title, one-line summary for 7 novels, from The Lone Woman by Bernardo Atxaga to Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Compiled Nov. 2005.

Fiction Set in Spain (Ridgefield Library, CT): 4-page PDF, with 3 lists: Historical, Contemporary, and Mysteries. Author, title, and summary for about 35 books. Compiled Nov. 2009.

(Mostly) Fiction Set in Spain (BiblioTravel): Lists about 60 books by place, with title, author, publication year, genre, brief summary, and time period for each, in Spain as a whole and in Madrid (13 books), Barcelona (14 books), Gibraltar, and other areas and towns. Includes children's and YA books.

10 Novels Set in Lisbon (In Love with Lisbon): Author, title, Amazon link and summary for 10 novels set in Lisbon, Portugal.