A Reader’s Guide to New England  

Happy Thanksgiving, American readers!

Many of us spend this time with family and friends. For those of you heading back to (or staying in) New England this year, I put together a list of books from our favorite genres that are set in the region.

A note about this controversial holiday: I admit I have very little knowledge of non-colonialist fiction about New England. I believe that the Thanksgiving holiday has been simplified, and that we need to expand the narrative to include voices from other cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. As a start, I’ve included in the list below some novels I have enjoyed that take place in New England, and some that I’ve found that add native voices to the narrative.

If you have more knowledge, or have read great books from the American Indian (or First Nations) perspective that you think should be on this list, do please share in the comments!

Click on any of the images to see the full caption and mini-synopsis of each book, or scroll down for linked titles.


  1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
  2. Nightlife, by Matthew Quinn Martin
  3. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  4. Return of the Sun: Native American Tales from the Northeast Woodlands, by Joseph Bruchac
  5. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe
  6. Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
  7. The Dreamer, by Lora Innes
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  9. Carousel Seas, by Sharon Lee
  10. Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England, by Siobhan Senier

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