What are the best books set in West Virginia?

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    As soon as Marty saw Shiloh, a lost beagle behind his home, he fell in love with it. But problems will start when he decides to hide it from his family, and when his owner, known to mistreat all his dogs, goes to Marty's house asking for it. 


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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I read this book as a boy and it stayed with me all these years. It's one of the landmark books of my childhood, and yes, it's set in Friendly, West Virginia."
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    #2The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.

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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls's astounding memoir about her childhood with her extremely flighty parents. They move around a bunch of times but eventually settle in what probably was the most decrepit house in all of West Virginia. "
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    #3Swan Song

    Swan Song
    Swan Song is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Robert McCammon. The evil Man with the Scarlet Eye wants to destroy a girl named Swan, but the last survivors of the nuclear war are determined to protect her.

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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I read Swan Song ages ago, so remind me if I'm wrong, but the only thing I remember about West Virginia in the book was that it was Warwick Mountian was. If memory serves, then yes, this book does deserve a place on this list."
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    #4The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake is a collection of twelve short stories by Breece D'J Pancake, published after his death at age twenty-six. The stories are varied in plot but are all set in his birthplace of rural West Virginia.


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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Aaah! I'm so happy to find this book on this list. I always thought Breece Pancake was the brightest hidden gem there ever was, so to find out that a lot of people know about him and his work brings me great joy. His stories are amazing, drawing extensively from his experiences in his birthplace of West Virginia."
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    #5Obsidian (Lux)

    Obsidian (Lux)
    Katy Swartz, a seventeen yeard old girl that moved to West Virginia for her last high school year, would have never believed that the hot guy, yet worth of a beat down, living next door was an alien. Daemon and his sister are being attacked by enemies from another galaxy, and he will have to use his powers, like the ability to freeze time, to save them and Katy. 

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    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Jennifer Armentrout did a great job by choosing West Virginia as the setting of her Lux series. It was incorporated so nicely into the story, too. She needed a beta quartz mountain for her story, and what better state to place it in than in the Mountain State itself?"
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    #6Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy)

    Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy)

    Last Sacrifice is a book by Richelle Mead that tells a story about Rose and Lissa's competition for the Royal Throne. Murder, love and a lot of jealousy will happen.


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    Julia Stewart
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Although this series looks interesting, I'm not sure it's set in West Virginia. The Last Sacrifice is the last book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and finishes up the story of the battle to be queen."
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    #7Onyx (Lux)

    Onyx (Lux)

    Onyx is the second book in the Lux series written by Jennifer Armentrout that tells the story of a girl who fell in love with a handsome alien that looks like a human and lives like a human, but unexpected visitors will arrive.


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    Gary Diaz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I started reading this book on the recommendation of a friend. The two main characters are very intriguing. "
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    #8The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Good Earth is about the life of a poor Chinese farmer. Through drought and flood, Wang Lung and his family, as do other peasant farmers, struggle to make ends meet.


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    Alan Simmons
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I like that the author for "The Good Earth" is a true West Virginia native. The style can be felt in the writing and gives a sense of a true WV setting."
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    #9A Midwife Crisis

    A Midwife Crisis

    A Midwife Crisis is a historical romance fiction book written by Lisa Cooke. This book has 1898 West Virginia setting and it is first published in 2009 by Leisure Books. 


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    Alice Medina
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I borrowed this one from the library and read it that night. I loved the setting and I was really interested in the midwifes experience (my own child was born with a midwife). There were lots of details that made it engaging. It's funny, sad, interesting. I enjoyed this one. "


Best What are the best books set in West Virginia
1ShilohBooks 48 Paid
2The Glass CastleBooks 45 Paid
3Swan SongBooks 42 Paid
4The Stories of Breece D'J PancakeBooks 41 Paid
5Obsidian (Lux)Books 39 Paid
6Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy)Books 37 Paid
7Onyx (Lux)Books 34 Paid
8The Good EarthBooks 32 Paid
9A Midwife CrisisBooks 0 Paid

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