Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MAP: The most famous book set in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

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Image via Business Insider The folks over at Business Insider, the recently reinvigorated business magazine, just released a list of the most famous books set in each state. Some of them are not so surprising: James Michener's Hawaii  in Hawaii and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind in Georgia, for example. (If GWTW is one of your faves, don't forget to check out Gone with the Wind: Reel to Real at the Orange County Regional History Center.) Others are surprising and downright depressing, like Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones in Pennsylvania. For Florida, they went with manly man Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not. Here's what Business Insider had to say about their choice:

A fishing boat captain falls on hard times and is forced into the black market to make ends meet by moving contraband between Cuba and Key West, Florida. His illegal activities quickly escalate from smuggling in drugs to smuggling in Chinese immigrants and Cuban revolutionaries.

Hemingway had a warm place in his heart for Key West, where he lived and wrote for more than 10 years.

Yeah, Hemingway and Florida go practically hand in hand (except when he was drinking down Havana way), but we can't help but wonder if there wasn't a better choice of a Florida-based novel. Famous Eatonville resident Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, maybe? Or what about childhood cry-fest The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings? Or, this writer's personal favorite Florida-based book, Rabbit at Rest by The Witches of Eastwick author John Updike?

You can work your way coast-to-coast (starting with Florida, of course) with Business Insider's complete list below:
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