Colorado – The Shining by Stephen King (1977)

One of Stephen King’s earliest novels, The Shining also remains one of his most popular, and continues to sell thousands of copies every year. King supposedly settled on the mountainous Colorado location by pointing randomly at a map, but it is hard to imagine it taking place anywhere else.

Connecticut – Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (1961)

Richard Yates’ debut novel dissects the underlying despair in 1950’s American suburban life, by delving into the lives of Connecticut couple Frank and April Wheeler, who decide to escape the mendacity of their lives by planning a move to Paris.

Delaware – Hawkes Harbor by S. E. Hinton (2004)

Most famous for writing the bestselling young-adult novel The Outsiders while she was still in high school, S. E. Hinton made the transition to writing for an adult audience with this novel set in a seaside town in Delaware.

Florida – A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith (1984)

This multi-generational saga traces the history of Florida through the story of a single family, allowing readers to live through the landscape’s slow transformation from natural swampland to bulging metropolis – the quintessential Florida novel.

Georgia – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)

Published when Carson McCullers was just 23 years old, this novel charts the encounters of a deaf man in small town Georgia. It was bestselling phenomenon upon release, and remains just as popular today, frequently appearing on lists of greatest American novels and also featured in Oprah’s Book Club.

-Christian Kriticos