In mid-August, sometimes it's easier to appreciate the idea of living in New York City more than its sweaty, humid reality.
Thankfully, the New York Public Library offers us a helping hand. Recognizing that a good NYC-based novel provides flushed city dwellers with all the sights, sounds and intrigue of New York neighborhoods without requiring residents to roam around a single city block, NYPL staff have mapped some of the best novels set right in your neighborhood.
Here are some great novels that take place in New York City neighborhoods. Head to the nearest New York Public Library branch and pick up a copy today:
American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis
World Trade Center
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
Shoplifting from American Apparel, Tao Lin
The Bowery/Five Points
The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsey Faye
Lower East Side
Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
Call It Sleep, Henry Roth
Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
Netherland, Joseph O'Neill
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Brown Girl, Brownstones, Paule Marshall
Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
10:04: A Novel, Ben Lerner
The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem
Sunset Park/Bay Ridge
Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr.
Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee
We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
Small Mercies, Eddie Joyce
For more novels or to check out the NYPL's map of their book list, click here.