Fall Fiction
May 28, 2008 10:10 AM   Subscribe

Recommend some fiction that takes place in autumn.

I'm an East-coaster living in California and I miss the seasons. My favorite is autumn, and I'd like to read some fiction that takes place in autumn/has good descriptions of fall weather/in which the season features large in one way or another. Any ideas?
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One of my favorite autumn books is Chris Van Allsburg's The Stranger.
posted by bubukaba at 10:15 AM on May 28, 2008

John Cheever's "The Swimmer" might also qualify - it's available here with lots of popups.
posted by bubukaba at 10:30 AM on May 28, 2008 [1 favorite]

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. The best.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 10:34 AM on May 28, 2008

Guy_Inamonkeysuit beat me to it. Positively dripping with autumnalness.
posted by Artw at 10:40 AM on May 28, 2008

Autumn by David Moody, funnily enough. It's about the zombie apocalypse in England. The weather has a fairly central role. Lots of vivid imagery; rain, sunsets, chilly nights, woodsmoke, etc.
posted by hjo3 at 11:02 AM on May 28, 2008

And Dhalgren, but... well... that's a tough row to hoe, that book.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 11:07 AM on May 28, 2008

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
posted by ericb at 11:24 AM on May 28, 2008

Brad Leithauser's Equal Distance.
posted by rokusan at 12:00 PM on May 28, 2008

The Shipping News progresses from fall into winter. I read it every summer, when it's too damn hot to exist. Makes me feel cooler.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:00 PM on May 28, 2008

More Ray Bradbury - his short story compilation October Country. You cant go wrong with Bradbury imho.
posted by elendil71 at 12:42 PM on May 28, 2008

'Salem's Lot takes place in the late Fall
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:53 PM on May 28, 2008

I might also add The Halloween Tree by Bradbury. I should also point out that he has published a 'sequel' to Dandelion Wine called "Farewell Summer" recently. Havent read it so I cannot comment on the appropriateness for the post, but it sounds promising.
posted by elendil71 at 12:53 PM on May 28, 2008

Maybe the Cider House Rules? I haven't read it but saw the movie a while ago. I remember apple picking and flanel, which leads me to think of fall.
posted by sully75 at 1:04 PM on May 28, 2008

House of Zeor is a science fiction story that has the characters tromping through miserable Novermber-ish weather.
posted by Phalene at 5:18 PM on May 28, 2008

Faulkner's Go Down, Moses has a number of hunting scenes that occur in the fall. It's all very symbolic and such.
posted by devilsbrigade at 5:44 PM on May 28, 2008

American Gods has some of that stormy November feeling in parts (and then a lot of winter).
posted by salvia at 11:11 PM on May 28, 2008

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