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Best Books Set in New Jersey

Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don't miss the best books set in New Jersey.

New Jersey is a northeastern U.S. state with some 130 miles of the Atlantic coast. Jersey City, across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, is the site of Liberty State Park, where ferries embark for nearby Ellis Island, with its historic Immigration Museum, and the iconic Statue of Liberty. The Jersey Shore includes notable resort towns like historic Asbury Park and Cape May, with their preserved Victorian buildings.

Best Books Set in New Jersey

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American Pastoral by Roth, Philip (1998) Paperback
  • Philip Roth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

American Pastoral

Author: Philip Roth

Here is Philip Roth's masterpiece, featuring Nathan Zuckerman and the story of Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 

Author: Junot Díaz

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Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old-world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA.

Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

In the Unlikely Event
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Blume, Judy (Author)

In the Unlikely Event

Author: Judy Blume

Here she imagines and weaves together a vivid portrait of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed during one winter. At the center of an extraordinary cast of characters are fifteen-year-old Miri Ammerman and her spirited single mother, Rusty. Their warm and resonant stories are set against the backdrop of an extraordinary real-world tragedy.

Family Life: A Novel
  • Sharma, Akhil (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Family Life

Author: Akhil Sharma

Hailed as a “supreme storyteller” (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his “cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived” fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice “as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky” (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.

On the Street Where You Live
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Clark, Mary Higgins (Author)

On the Street Where You Live

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

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Following a nasty divorce and the trauma of being stalked, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham leaves Albany to work in Manhattan. Craving roots, she buys her ancestral home, a Victorian house in the seaside resort town of Spring Lake, New Jersey. Her family sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily's forebears, Madeline Shapley, then a young girl, disappeared.

Now that you've completed the list of best books set in this state, why not check out some others? Here are the Best Books Set in All 50 States.

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