Fifty States Of Fiction: Indiana


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: Indiana

Nickname: Hoosier State

Motto: “The Crossroads of America”

Bird: Cardinal

Flower: Peony

Entered the union in: 1816

Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Indiana as John Green portrays it in The Fault In Our Stars.


Hazel Grace describes the cloudy kind of weather that boxes you in as being typical of Indiana, but there is so much more to the landscape of this novel that shines through. Amid her trips to Support Group meetings and college lectures, she recounts wading with her father in the Holliday Park section of the White River and looking up at Orion from her grassy suburban backyard. Despite Hazel and Gus’s fairy-tale-like trip to Amsterdam, the hometown setting of this book adds a beautiful subtlety to the otherwise dramatically emotional events of the story. Indiana becomes, at once, a place we can all picture in our hearts and the setting of a very specific and beautiful love.

Have you read any other books set in Indiana? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Hoosier State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Iowa 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!


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