Connecticut Authors and Books
Most people find it enjoyable to read a book and be able to know the locations discussed on the pages. It can provide that extra encouragement to choose the novel in the first place. Seven novels that are set in Connecticut, and were published in the last ten years, that are sure to make people who live in the Nutmeg State smile have been curated below. It is of note that there are many other novels set in Connecticut, like the famous Stepford Wives tome by Ira Levin, but it was published in 1972. So like many other books found, it was not included because of the decade publishing limit.
The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel by Ted Thompson
- This novel follows the downward trajectory of a Connecticut retiree who pushes away family and friends while trying to break free from the daily grind of life. It was named one of the “Top 10 First Novels” by Booklist, which called it an assured, scathing, heartbreaking, yet funny and redemptive first novel of midlife angst and grievous societal failures. Little, Brown published the book on March 5, 2014. The novel is set in Westport, Connecticut.
Our Little Racket: A Novel by Angelica Baker
- When Wall Street titan Bob D’Amico’s wildly successful investment bank tanks amid investigations of malfeasance, it falls to his sophisticated, remote wife, Isabel; his high school daughter, Madison; and Lily, the family nanny to navigate the insular, moneyed world and high pressure social scene of Greenwich, Connecticut. For those who enjoy local color, the story is set mainly in Greenwich and features many actual locales. Ecco/HarperCollins published it on June 20th 2017.
Housebreaking: A Novel by Dan Pope
- Benjamin Mandelbaum has recently been kicked out of his home, for yet another philandering affair, so he moves back to Connecticut and moves in with his aging father, Leonard. Since the key characters as well as the secondary ones span three generations — aging grandparents, dysfunctional parents, and rebellious teens — there’s bound to be one of its highly sympathetic characters to whom the reader can relate. Simon Schuster published the novel on May 12th 2015.
The Beach at Painter’s Cove: A Novel by Shelley Noble
- A wonderful read about a family through the eyes of 4 generations of women, ranging in age from preteen to elderly, estranged for years. It begins with a phone call to Issy, the granddaughter of the current owner of the family Connecticut mansion, Muses by the Sea. She is needed to take over the care of her two nieces and a nephew since her grandmother has been hospitalized and no one can locate the children's parents. This is a colorful tale of a dysfunctional family coming together to unravel a few mysteries and to save the home of their matriarch. It was published June 13th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks.
Reckless: A Novel by Andrew Gross
- This is a murder-mystery that's set in Greenwich, Connecticut and made it to the New York Times Bestsellers list. It's a financial world whodunit that takes off with the murder of a trader at a major brokerage and the murder's immediate effect on world financial markets. This is a swiftly-paced, action-packed story with a frightening what-if supposition which Gross spins into an addictive yarn. It was published by William Morrow on April 27th 2010.
Three Weissmans of Westport: A Novel by Cathleen Schine
- After forty-eight years of marriage, 75-year-old Betty Weissmann is faced with the news that her 78-year-old husband is leaving her for much younger woman. To add insult to injury, she gets sent packing from her New York apartment that she paid for, by her husband’s mistress. She ends up in her cousin Betty's run-down Westport, Connecticut beach cottage, along with her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie. "In Schine’s playful and devoted homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister." Sarah Crichton Books published this novel on February 2nd 2010.
Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
- Working at a Newhaven, Connecticut hospital as a labor and delivery nurse, Ruth Jefferson is an African American that suddenly finds herself the victim of racism. With more than two decades of experience under her belt, she confidently does what she always does on a shift: begins a routine checkup on a newborn. It is not long before Ruth is told that she's been reassigned to another patient. It turns out that the parents of the baby are white supremacists and don't want Ruth to have anything to do with their child. The hospital decides to go along with that request, but the next day when Ruth is by herself in the nursery, the infant goes into cardiac distress. What does Ruth decide to do? Does she rush to the helpless infants aid, or does she follow the orders she has been given? It was published by Ballantine Books on October 11th 2016.