Sun-Drenched Novels

Classic books set in hot, hot, hot places.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

After days spent wandering the jungle, Jose Buendia founds the city of Macondo (the metaphoric Colombia) on the banks of a river. Marquez’s epic tale uses magical realism to tell this multi-generational story. Buy it here
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Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Allende’s lush epic of racism and rebellion begins in Saint Domingue (Haiti) and follows Tété, a woman born of violence at the hands of white men, to freedom in America. Available here
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Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

A complex mother-daughter relationship plays out in this coming-of-age story set in Antigua. Available here
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Oscar, an overweight nerd from New Jersey who lives for sci-fi, fantasy and the prospect of love, dreams of a better, cooler life in Santo Domingo. Available here
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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Elegant and haunting, O’Dell’s classic YA read follows a young Indian girl left behind by her people on an island in the pacific. Available here
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Mosquitoes by William Faulkner

Faulkner’s second novel is set on a cruise ship, the Nausikaa, where a pesky (hence the title) class of people set sail from New Orleans with "all the jollity of departure under a perfect day, heatridden city behind, and a breeze too steady for the darn things to light on you." Available here
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

"Maybe there is a beast….maybe it’s only us." Goldring’s must-read high school staple, set on a deserted island, follows the disastrous undoing of a group of British schoolboys who attempt to govern themselves. Available here
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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Nathan Price, an evangelical Baptist, takes his wife and four daughters, who narrate the story of their family’s demise, on a mission to the Belgian Congo. Available here
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Three women-a college grad, a black maid and her sassy friend who can’t hold a job-join forces for a clandestine project in the 1960s deep south. Available here
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The Beach by Alex Garland

A backpacker goes in search of a secret untouched island off the coast of Thailand in this trippy thriller. Available here
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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Rhys’s post-colonial prequel to Jane Eyre breathes life-and humanity-into Rochester’s infamous first wife, the mad woman in the attic. Available here *FOR A SLIDESHOW OF THE BEST BOOKS FOR ARMCHAIR TRAVELING, CLICK HERE*
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