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The State You're In: New Florida Books

Florida is full of stories. We like to showcase fresh literary works set in Florida to highlight the rich diversity of our state. Things slow down during the sultry Florida's a great time to curl up and immerse yourself in a tropical tale.

Through the Groves by Anne Hull

A richly evocative coming-of-age memoir set in the Florida orange groves of the 1960s by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Blue Skies by T. C. Boyle

An eco-thriller with teeth, Boyle's Blue Skies is at once a tragicomic satire and a prescient novel that captures the absurdity and "inexpressible sadness at the heart of everything."

A young woman trapped in a deeply dysfunctional family in the seedy wilds of 1990s South Florida has to make a choice--save her family, or save herself--in this larger-than-life debut novel.

The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Set in the near future, this hopeful story of survival and resilience follows Wanda--a luminous child born out of a devastating hurricane--as she navigates a rapidly changing world.

Swamp Story by Dave Barry

Bestselling author and actual Florida Man Dave Barry returns with a Florida caper full of oddballs and more twists and turns than a snake slithering away from a gator.

The Magical Kingdom by Russell Banks

A dazzling tapestry of love and faith, memory and imagination that questions what it means to look back and accept one's place in history. In 1971, Harley Mann revisits his childhood, recounting his family's move to Florida's swamplands--mere miles away from what would become Disney World--to join a community of Shakers.

Florida Woman by Deb Rogers

A gleefully strange and sinister debut novel about one woman’s summer working at a Floridian wildlife refuge for exotic monkeys

If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

A major debut, blazing with style and heart, that follows a Jamaican family striving for more in Miami, and introduces a generational storyteller.

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