Top 10 Fiction Books Set in California

 

A beautiful state located in the Pacific Region of the United States in California. It is also said to be the most populated stated in the whole of United States. California is said to be the 5th largest economy in the world. California is the ancient times was taken over by a variety of Native American tribes and therefore the glimpses of the culture are still visible in the people of the place. California is widely loved by a lot of travelers because of its vibrant culture and the splendid beauty of the place. A lot of writers have utilized the culture of the place in their books and they have also turned bestsellers over a period of time.

Of Mice and Men

This is a gripping thriller by John Steinbeck, wherein he writes about two outsiders striving extremely hard to make a mark in an unforgiving world. The protagonist of the novel has shown to have nothing but friendship with each other and a dream.

Read it For:
Understanding the beautiful and emotional connect of hope, dream, and faith amongst two friends.
Don't Read it For:
The book tends to get extremely emotional at parts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way the author has mentioned the various emotional aspects like that of jealousy, hopefulness, faith is very aesthetically written.

The Grapes of Wrath

This novel by John Steinbeck was first published in the year 1939 and has bagged the epic Pulitzer Prize. This book narrates the story of an Oklahoma farm family and their journey during the Dustbowl immigration of the 1930s.

Read it For:
The excellent portrayal of the conflict inflicting between the powerful and the powerless.
Don't Read it For:
This is a very critical approach by the author and can get too sensitive.
What makes this book stand out?:
The Grapes of the Wrath is said to be an emotional urgency, sustained impact, and evocative power. It is an American Classic.

East of Eden

This novel by John Steinbeck is set in the farmland of Salinas Valley in California. It is about the brawls of two families. The author used an enduring theme in the novel based in California- the mystery of identity and the inexplicability of love.

Read it For:
the brilliant theme and gritty thrill
Don't Read it For:
this thrilling novel is not meant for the weak-hearted.
What makes this book stand out?:
The brutality of relations leading to mystery and murder is what one should pick this book for.

The Joy Luck Club

A novel based on the 1949s by Amy Tan. This is about four Chinese women, who are recent immigrants to San Francisco.

Read it For:
The fun of seeing the recent Chinese immigrants meeting to eat dim sum and enjoy each others company.
Don't Read it For:
The book tends to get monotonous in certain parts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful relation the immigrants build and the secrets they reveal to their American born daughters about their past lives is extremely intriguing.
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The Maltese Falcon

The author Dashiell Hammett writes an extremely calculative-family tale. Same Spade- the ‘hunter’ is hired by the beautiful Miss Wonderley to track her only sister- who has eloped away.

Read it For:
For all those who love family ties and bonds and enjoys this should be your pick.
Don't Read it For:
Not for people who are looking for extreme trill.
What makes this book stand out?:
The dual faces of the Miss Wonderley also the treacherous journey to the treasure.

Cannery Row

This book by John Steinback is a book rather not much about a plot. It is more about the capturing the essence of the place. The cannery district of Monterey, California is said to be the place everybody goes to when down with their luck.

Read it For:
The various kinds of people and culture of this district of California.
Don't Read it For:
This has no central plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
It shows a hope for people who think they are losing out their luck in the rat race of life.

The Big Sleep

This novel by Raymond Chandler talks about a man who is a hero and is forced to go out on the mean streets to protect. This is a detective novel with a powerful storyline

Read it For:
the simplistic approach on the act of power and intriguing writing style.
Don't Read it For:
It is a detective story- which takes time to unfold.
What makes this book stand out?:
The excellent writing style and the intriguing mystery.

China Blues

This novel by KI Longfellow talks all about the mobster lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties.

Read it For:
Interested and wish to learn about the hardball mobsters, cops and the seductive speakeasies and not the forget the sizzling scandals? This must be your pick
Don't Read it For:
This is a lot of drama and does not go too well with the minimal lovers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The dramatic approach in the writing style by the author, showcasing the archenemy of power and lust. This is a sure shot scandalous pick.

White Oleander

This is a novel about a wonderful poet imprisoned for murder. It showcases the relationship of the poet’s daughter and himself. It is a rare beauty and power- put together with a lovely narrative writing style by the author Janet Fitch

Read it For:
The beautiful writing style and the subtle plot of power and beauty together.
Don't Read it For:
The age-old classic writing style does not go too well with everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beauty with which the story unfolds itself and plays with the psychology of the reader is indeed a charming affair.

Daughter of Fortune

This is about a very high spirited Eliza Sommers. She goes through various hardships to chase the gold discovered in northern California. The storyline based in the 1800s, this is a classic novel.

Read it For:
To understand the hardship one goes through but does not give up on their hope and faith from life.
Don't Read it For:
Classic handwritten novels do not go too well with everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
the portrayals of hardship and the way it is written is beautiful.

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