We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!
Today’s State: Delaware
Nickname: First State
Motto: “Liberty and Independence”
Bird: Blue hen chicken
Flower: Peach blossom
Entered the union in: 1787
Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Delaware as Julie Schumacher portrays it in The Unbearable Book Club For Unsinkable Girls.
The West New Hope Community Swim Club contains one chlorinated pool, one snack stand, one metal-fenced perimeter, and four disgruntled juniors-to-be: Adrienne, CeeCee, Jill, and Wallis. When Adrienne is forced to join the mother-daughter book club as a way of tackling the AP summer reading list, she thinks her life in West New Hope, Delaware has officially hit rock bottom. But as it turns out, her life is just beginning. At midnight, she and CeeCee break into Fairy Golf, a local dilapidated mini-putt course complete with artificial turf carpeting and fiberglass fairy-tale lawn figurines decorating each hole. Later, the two hike through the overgrown woods at the edge of town in search of Wallis’ mysterious boxcar home on Weller Road, a meandering backcountry highway. Each sunset brings a different adventure. Each night Adrienne feels herself moving away from the bland, impressionable loner she used to be. Finally her newfound courage is put to the test on the night of the book club’s final meeting when a ground-shaking storm hits. Lightning, thunder, and whirling winds send a gnarled black walnut tree crashing through the fence around the West New Hope Community Swim Club. Despite a torn ACL, Adrienne follows the other girls over the wreckage and into the deserted pool. Adrienne’s life of adventure all started at this very swim club. But where her life began, another’s is about to end.
Have you read any other books set in Delaware? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the First State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Florida through literature.
And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.
See you all next week!