Top 10 Fiction Books Set in New Orleans

 

New Orleans is a city on the Mississippi river, nicknamed as the “Big Easy” and known for it’s round the clock life. The city has vibrant music and amazing people. Interestingly enough, the city has also been mentioned in the plot of numerous novels which have been based upon New Orleans and its citizen. Some of these have been hot favorites amongst their readers drawing attention towards this evergreen city famed for raucous costume parades and street parties.

 

The Awakening

It is a story set in the Victorian times where the main lead is a woman who is a victim of an unhappy marriage; she finds happiness and love outside the marriage in the form of a physical relationship

Read it For:
The breakthrough story of a woman who finds love outside her marriage
Don't Read it For:
This book might not please the readers who think that marriage is the last thing and that every marriage is ideal
What makes this book stand out?:
It dealt with the topic of infidelity at a time when it was considered unbiblical and against the rule of God.

City of Refuge

SJ Williams is a widower carpenter who is busy managing his soulful mess sister, Lucy and her son Wesley. In another part of the town, Craig Donaldson is fighting with his wife saying that she should stay in the city and raise their children there. When the hurricane Katrina hits the city, the course of their life changes as they struggle for survival.

Read it For:
The change in the otherwise mundane lives of the two families who live in the same town but are completely different.
Don't Read it For:
Due to the two alternate plots running you might get confused during some parts of the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful manner in which the American family life has been captured in its true essence.

Interview with the Vampire

This is one of a kind book, where the author presents the horrifying and chilling confessions of a vampire, revelling deeper into suspense and a story of love and loss.

Read it For:
The way the writer presents the state of mind of a vampire which nobody could have thought of before.
Don't Read it For:
It is a hypnotic narrative, and the author sometimes justifies the most horrendous of his deeds.
What makes this book stand out?:
For the first time, this book presents world from the point of view of a vampire.

Hold it ‘Til it Hurts

Achilles and Troy are brothers on a duty tour in Afghanistan. When they return to their town, their mother reveals few secrets to them and the most ground-breaking one is that they are not brothers and shakes them to the core. While troy goes missing, Achilles goes looking for him, and their journey is chronicled in the book

Read it For:
The beautiful, emotional journey of the two brothers.
Don't Read it For:
This emotional journey of the two brothers might be disturbing for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
The problems these two faces in a racial world when they have grown up in the absence of it.
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Night Pleasures

Kyrian of Thrace is the ruler of the night and prefers solitude until he falls for an accountant who is being hunted by lethal vampires.

Read it For:
The bond between the human and the vampire.
Don't Read it For:
If you haven’t read the first part of Dark Hunters, you might feel a little lost on the track.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an unconventional love story of a vampire and a human.

Ship Breaker

Nailer is a copper scavenger in America’s gulf coast region who hopes to see another day every evening living from hand to mouth. Then one day he sees an exquisite ship which can turn his days but will he strip the ship of all it’s worth or save its lone survivor, a wealthy girl who can change his life?

Read it For:
The turn of fate Nailer’s life goes through.
Don't Read it For:
The pace of the novel is too fast
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot of the story is fresh.

Neon Rain

It is a story of a detective who has solved many cases but what when his personal life is disturbed. Can he handle the pressure of work anymore? It is among the best fiction books set in New Orleans.

Read it For:
The twist where he gets involved in a prostitute’s case.
Don't Read it For:
Not all might like the thriller genre
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a perfect book for anyone seeking a good crime thriller book.

A House Divided

A greedy contractor thinks that he has made the deal of his lifetime by buying the two-story clapboard house. The real challenge awaits when he tries to move house.

Read it For:
The fight of a mother against the ones trying to separate her from her children.
Don't Read it For:
It sends down chills in your spine and may haunt you for days.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way the narrative assimilates the horror element.

Iron King

It is about a little girl whose world is about to change, and nothing will remain as she knows it to be.

Read it For:
The extents to which she goes to save her loved ones
Don't Read it For:
Some parts of the book are unreasonable.
What makes this book stand out?:
The touch of magic.

A Confederacy of Dunces

Kennedy uses his imagination to establish a Don Quixote of the French Quarter type character.

Read it For:
The dialogues are very interesting.
Don't Read it For:
Non-Orleanians might have trouble understanding the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The characters are original and lively

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  1. joejcummings May 12, 2018

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