Fifty States Of Fiction: New Hampshire


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: New Hampshire

Nickname: Granite State

Motto: “Live Free or Die”

Bird: Purple finch

Flower: Purple lilac

Entered the union in: 1788

Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore New Hampshire as Thornton Wilder portrays it in Our Town.


Welcome to Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, 1901-1913. Trains pass through the depot, people gather at the livery stable, and cars slowly trickle into town, replacing horses as the most common mode of transportation. On Main Street you can find Morgan’s Drug Store, where George and Emily order two strawberry ice-cream sodas and sip them through straws while they talk about their future. You can also find Emily’s home there, all wrapped up with a little white fence and memories of warm bacon on a cold birthday morning inside. On a windy hilltop, set against a background of sun, clouds, and nighttime stars, you can stand and gaze out at blue-tinged hills, massive lakes, and mountain ranges in the distance. You can admire the mountain laurel and lilacs that grow at your feet. Most importantly, you can watch over the lost souls of Grover’s Corners all buried in their graves. If, like Emily, you had the chance to review one day at the end of your life, which one would you choose?

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