Alabama and “To Kill A Mockingbird” go hand in hand. Same with Alaska and “Into the Wild.”
A list by Business Insider from last year sought to designate the “most famous” book set in each state, and many of the pairings are exactly what you’d anticipate.
According to the map Texas’ most famous novel is “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy. The suspenseful book tells of a drug deal gone awry on the Texas-Mexico border and was made into a movie that won four Academy Awards, including best picture.
Others pairings are less than a perfect fit, however...
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As Tennessean and Statesman employee Jake Harris points out, there are plenty of novels reminiscent of the state other than John Grisham’s “The Client” (although he can’t “think of them right now”). How much thought was really put into “Hawaii” by James Michener for, you guessed it, the state of Hawaii? And what if Washington doesn’t want to lay claim to “Twilight”?
We’ll take “No Country for Old Men” over “The Road” any day, but here are a few other Texas suggestions:
- “The Liar’s Club” Mary Karr
- “Lonesome Dove” Larry McMurtry
- “Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team and A Dream” Buzz Bissinger
“The Son” Philipp Meyer