Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?
November 3, 2010 11:05 AM Subscribe
Midwestern Urban Fiction:
What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)?
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj to Writing & Language (25 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a reader, but I'm no great student of literature. It strikes me that most anyone can reel off a list of seminal Southern/New England/American West/etc. novels; but I can't for the life of me think of much of anything urban and Midwestern past "The Jungle". Surely this is my ignorance; there must be a ton of fantastic novels that I am overlooking.
I usually like mid-20th century and later stuff, but for this question era is not very important to me. I am placing very high importance on novels that are not only set in the Midwestern cities mentioned, but that feature them extensively and explore or characterize them in ways deeper than occasional dashes of "local color". I'm interested in cities like: St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Cincinati, Cleveland, Omaha, and others.
Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with me. I look forward to reading some of your recommendations.