The Sounds of Setting

Carl Hiaasen discusses the importance of locale
In literature, the dialogue and character relationships often take center stage, but in some novels, the setting becomes a character in its own right, demanding attention from the reader. In these 13 books, the locale plays an integral part in each story, such that you can’t imagine them taking place anywhere else. The name Carl Hiaasen immediately conjures up images of Florida. Jennifer Weiner—Philadelphia. Kaui Hart Hemmings—Hawaii. Explore our list and be transported to these vivid settings.