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Novels set in California

This list has 9 sub-lists and 262 members. See also California in fiction, Books about California, Novels set in the United States by state
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    Island of the Blue Dolphins 1960 children's book by Scott O'Dell
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    Director: James B. Clark
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    Island of the Blue Dolphins is a 1960 children's novel by American writer Scott O'Dell, which tells the story of a 12-year-old girl named Karana stranded alone for years on an island off the California coast. It is based on the true story of Juana Maria, a Nicoleño Native American left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island during the 19th century.
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    The Grapes of Wrath 1939 American realist novel by John Steinbeck
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    The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.
  • The Catcher in the Rye
    The Catcher in the Rye 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger
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    The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J.D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. It was originally intended for adults but is read by adolescents for its themes of angst and alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in society. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around one million copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.
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    A Time on Earth (Swedish: Din stund på jorden, 'Your Time on Earth') is a 1963 novel by Swedish writer Vilhelm Moberg. It's set in Laguna Beach, California, United States in 1962, where a Swedish-American lives.
  • Coyote Moon
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    Coyote Moon is an original novel based on the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • East of Eden (novel)
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    East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. Often described as Steinbeck's most ambitious novel, East of Eden brings to life the intricate details of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and their interwoven stories. The novel was originally addressed to Steinbeck's young sons, Thom and John (then 6½ and 4½ years old, respectively). Steinbeck wanted to describe the Salinas Valley for them in detail: the sights, sounds, smells, and colors.
  • A Place for Us
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    A Place for Us is the debut novel of Fatima Farheen Mirza, published in New York on June 12, 2018. It is the first book published by Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint, SJP for Hogarth. The novel focuses on the varied experiences of an Indian-Muslim family living in Northern California, striving to find a balance between tradition and modernity. The family of five is left to search for home in a metaphorical and literal sense. The audience is given glimpses of the family life from the beginning, from Layla finding out about Rafiq’s proposal, to the two of them arriving in America, and their three children later finding themselves stuck between living their own lives and the lives their parents and culture expect them to follow.
  • Audrey, Wait!
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    Audrey, Wait! is a young adult romance novel by Robin Benway, published April 10, 2008 by Razorbill.
  • The Dreamers (novel)
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    The Dreamers is a science-fiction novel by American writer Karen Thompson Walker, published on January 15, 2019 by Random House. Her novel details an ominous sleeping virus that sweeps over a fictional town, Santa Lora, in Southern California. The story follows a group of college students and families, and explores their experiences with everlasting sleep and heightened dreams.
  • The Refugees (short story collection)
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    The Refugees is a 2017 short story collection by Viet Thanh Nguyen. It is Nguyen's first published short story collection and his first book after winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer.
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