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: Maryland
Nickname: Old Line State
Motto: “Manly Deeds, Womanly Words”
Bird: Baltimore oriole
Flower: Black-eyed Susan
Entered the union in: 1788
Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Maryland as Annette Curtis Klause portrays it in Blood And Chocolate.
They fled their last residential settlement when the townspeople set the inn on fire. Now, one year later, Loups-garoux is in danger again, this time in Riverview, Maryland. Vivian loves the change. More than loves it. She cherishes it. She lopes to the woods behind the house on Sion Road to bask in the glow of the early summer moon. Through the trees, a wide, grassy valley cradles the river. She runs along it. She ponders under a ramshackle grape arbor. She goes to concerts on the university green. When she is with Aiden, they roll in the river meadow together and the crisp scent of hay fills the air. Even the local bar, Tooley’s, is a pleasant place for Vivian when she goes there with her mother to tease the meat-boys with their breathtaking looks and mile-long legs. But one day Vivian returns to the large parlor in her uncle’s run-down Victorian house to find that all is not well. An Ordeal is brewing. The adults will have to fight to see who will lead the pack to safer lands. Hidden by the cover of trees surrounding Gaskill State Park and the rumbling thunderclouds above, the pack gathers to fight. Vivian perches on a fallen elm tree to watch through the gaps in her paws. She does not like the violence. In an instant however, she is willing to defend another with vicious force. She thinks she is saving her mother. Little does she know she is claiming the title of Queen of the pack.
Have you read any other books set in Maryland? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Old Line State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Massachusetts 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!