What are the best books set in small towns?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Mark Barnes
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a classic and is well worth reading. I may not of enjoyed having to read it in high school, but a decade later I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well written and it is still relevant today. "
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    #2Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.

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    Peter Hicks
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I've always liked stories about people from small towns. Something about large cities really kills my interest in a story. Anne of Green Gables is just that a book set in a small town about a girl and her imaginary friends. It's a very interesting book but it's a tad short, so my only real complaint is that I would like more."
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    #3Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.

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    Kevin Andrews
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The best towns are small town. There is nothing like the suffocating, dreary feeling of being surrounded by the same people day in day out. The buildings are small and your town is surrounded by the woods. There is nothing like ready stories that are set in small towns. This book is a great recommendation of small town settings. "
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    #4Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.

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    Rose Hoffman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love to read classic literature and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites. It is set out in the English countryside and does not take place in town."
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    #5Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 

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    Jorge Luis Paredes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "this is a timeless classic that is based on real life experiences and even became a television show!"
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    #6The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of Mark Twain's most beloved and respected novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer presents a tale of two young boys, their antics and adventures in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.

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    Judith Wood
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is a national treasure and an American classic. Everyone knows the story just from pop culture but the book is a masterpiece and really worth the read. Tom Sawyer is a fantastic character and there's a reason that this novel has withstood the test of time. I definitely recommend that everyone should read this book at least once."
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    #7All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small is a non-fiction book written by James Herriot. The author narrates true stories about animals that touch the heart of readers. This book was originally published in 1972.

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    Vihaan Subramanium
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This one is sure to instill a love of animals in young readers. It's about the true stories of a small town vet."
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    #8Empire Falls

    Empire Falls

    Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls follows the story of Miles Roby, who stayed in his hometown of Empire Falls. Now that he's middle-aged and the town is dying,  Miles is forced to rethink his life.

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    Johnny Tran
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Empire Falls, a small, industrial town in Maine, is the backdrop to a richly described study of the lives of the inhabitants. The community, where everyone knows everyone else, is full of secrets, private pains, and joys. By the end of the book, I found myself very much caring for these characters. I enjoyed it very much."
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    #9The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Judith Woods
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is among the best in any category. It is funny, moving, and a real glimpse into our country's past by its best author."
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    #10The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in 1946, it tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer, and her correspondence with members of the titular society.
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    Peter Delgado
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Seems like one of the books I should have read a long time ago but never did, I'm not very into it at this point in my life but I really seems like a good one."
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    #11The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd depicts loss and betrayal. This book was a New York Times bestseller and has won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In 2008, this novel was turned into a movie.

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    Jane Harvey
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love reading books about small towns, as I grew up in a small town. These books are amazing at creating the small town feel."
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    #12Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is published in 1936. This book tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who finds wealth and marries in order to have children to be his heir someday. 

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    Alan Reynolds
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book was very confusing for me and I didn't much like it because of that. I have read a ton of books and this has got to be my least favorite. I wanted to like it, but it just wasn't my style. Kind of a disappointment for a Faulkner book. You might want to pass on this one."
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    #13Plainsong

    Plainsong

    Plainsong is a contemporary literary fiction written by Kent Haruf. It was published August 22, 2000 by Vintage. It follows the story of a disarrayed family judged by society.

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    Michelle Chapman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Plainsong by Kent Haruf is set on the high plains of Denver. The story focuses on the lives of a family living in the small town of Holt. The novel is a National Book Award finalist and is considered a must read by many, especially if you want to be immersed in the small town feel. "
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    #14Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a domestic fiction novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This book was originally published in March 1982 by Knopf. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize award.
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    #15Deep Water

    Deep Water

    Deep Water is a mystery suspense thriller fiction novel written by Patricia Highsmith. It is first published in 1957 by W. W. Norton Company.

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    Lawrence Lawrence
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a very interesting and well-plotted book. It's set in the 1950s in the suburban United States and it uses a troubled marriage to pierce the surface of the idealism that is perceived to exist in a small town. I love the plot, which has the husband allow his wife to have affairs with other men, and some of the developments that arise are expected, but there are unexpected things that make for a gripping tale. "
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    #16Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor)

    Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor)

    Simply Irresistible is a contemporary romance fiction and the first book of Lucky Harbor series written by Jill Shalvis. This book is about Maddie Moore and her sisters. It is first published in 2010 by Forever. 

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    Diana Kim
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Simply Irresistible is a great addition to a wonderful romance series. Being set in a small town, it really shows how everyone is related to others. The drama is packed, and the story line unwinds as the girls in the story are not close to their mother. The series outlines these sisters' lives and in this book, we learn about Maddie and her life. It's a romance and drama wrapped into one."
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    #17Moonheart (Ottawa and the Valley)

    Moonheart (Ottawa and the Valley)

    Moonheart is an urban science fiction fantasy and the first book in Ottawa and the Valley series written by Charles de Lint. This book is about Sara and Jamie's new friends. It is first published in 1984. 

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    Héctor Galindo
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I used this book for my college reading class. I like this book first because the author has good reputation and is well known. Also, the content is such amazing that it made me want to take that class twice."
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    #18The Little Country

    The Little Country

    The Little Country is an urban science fiction fantasy novel written by Charles de Lint. This book is about a folk musician Janey Little who found a mysterious manuscript. It is first published in 1991 by Orb Books. 

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    Douglas Webb
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Definitely not what i expected it to be. The Little Country is filled with mysteries and questions that keep you wanting to read more and more until you discover the hidden plot line."
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    #19Yarrow (Ottawa and the Valley)

    Yarrow (Ottawa and the Valley)

    Yarrow is an urban fantasy science fiction and part of Ottawa and the Valley series written by Charles de Lint. This book is about a fantasy writer Cat Midhir. It is first published in 1986 and reprinted by Orb Books in 1997. 

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    Ronald Wallace
    Written on May 18, 2018
    " Yarrow (Ottawa and the Valley) is the book set in small towns ....... "

Summary

Best What are the best books set in small towns
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 42 Paid
2Anne of Green GablesBooks 38 Paid
3Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeBooks 35 Paid
4Pride and PrejudiceBooks 35 Paid
5Little House on the Prairie (Little House)Books 33 Paid
6The Adventures of Tom SawyerBooks 31 Paid
7All Creatures Great and SmallBooks 28 Paid
8Empire FallsBooks 26 Paid
9The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 24 Free
10The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyBooks 23 Paid
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