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Prairie State book worms: 20 noteworthy novels set in Illinois

Caitlin WilsonReboot Illinois

Mar 03, 2015

With an endless option of settings (big cities, small towns, and rural communities), political intrigue, industry giants and cultural offerings, Illinois is the perfect backdrop for a good story. Whether it’s written to entertain, scold or teach, these 20 novels set in Illinois use their settings as context for their plots.

1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)

By Mark Twain

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Huckleberry Finn, a young teenager, travels along the Mississippi River through Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas on a raft with Jim, who is escaping slavery. Huck’s abusive, alcoholic father, Pap, lives in the…

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