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Bookriot's 100 Must-Read New York City Novels Updated

"The common thread is not just novels that use New York City as a setting, but ones that render the city as a fully realized character in the story.... You'll find entries from Harlem Renaissance writers, stories of the Gilded Age, immigrant narratives from a huge range of cultures, modern tales of both excess and famine, and everything in between.
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1876 (Gore Vidal)
1876 (Gore Vidal)
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A History of New York (Washington Irving)
A History of New York (Washington Irving)
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A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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Another Brooklyn (Jacqueline Woodson)
Another Brooklyn (Jacqueline Woodson)
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Another Country (James Baldwin)
Another Country (James Baldwin)
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Ashes of Fiery Weather (Kathleen Donohoe)
Ashes of Fiery Weather (Kathleen Donohoe)
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Behold the Dreamers (Imbolo Mbue)
Behold the Dreamers (Imbolo Mbue)
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Billy Bathgate (E. L. Doctorow)
Billy Bathgate (E. L. Doctorow)
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Bread Givers (Anzia Yezierska)
Bread Givers (Anzia Yezierska)
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (Truman Capote)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Truman Capote)
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13
Bright Lights, Big City (Jay Mcinerney)
Bright Lights, Big City (Jay Mcinerney)
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Brooklyn (Colm Tóibín)
Brooklyn (Colm Tóibín)
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Brown Girl, Brownstones (Paule Marshall)
Brown Girl, Brownstones (Paule Marshall)
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Christodora (Tim Murphy)
Christodora (Tim Murphy)
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City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan (Beverly Swerling)
City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan (Beverly Swerling)
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Daddy Was a Number Runner (Louise Meriwether)
Daddy Was a Number Runner (Louise Meriwether)
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Dissident Gardens (Jonathan Lethem)
Dissident Gardens (Jonathan Lethem)
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Dreamland (Kevin Barker)
Dreamland (Kevin Barker)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
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Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff)
Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff)
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Fever (Mary Beth Keane)
Fever (Mary Beth Keane)
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Forever (Pete Hamill)
Forever (Pete Hamill)
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Fury (Salman Rushdie)
Fury (Salman Rushdie)
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Girl in Translation (Jean Kwok)
Girl in Translation (Jean Kwok)
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Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
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Going Down (Elise Sax)
Going Down (Elise Sax)
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29
Half-Resurrection Blues (Daniel José Older)
Half-Resurrection Blues (Daniel José Older)
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Heyday (Kurt Anderson)
Heyday (Kurt Anderson)
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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez)
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez)
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
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It's Kind of a Funny Story (Ned Vizzini)
It's Kind of a Funny Story (Ned Vizzini)
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Jazz (Toni Morrison)
Jazz (Toni Morrison)
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Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby Jr.)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby Jr.)
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Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)
Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)
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Lowboy (John Wray)
Lowboy (John Wray)
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Lucy (Jamaica Kincaid)
Lucy (Jamaica Kincaid)
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Lush Life (Richard Price)
Lush Life (Richard Price)
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
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