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Florida: Florida Literature

Background on Florida writers

Literary Florida


For, by and about Florida: Best Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Florida by Lauren Groff
  • Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
  • We Can't Help It If We're from Florida: New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula by Shane Hinton
  • Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel
  • The Veins of the Ocean By Patricia Engel
  • Razor girl By Carl Hiaasen
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Pérez Family by Christine Bell
  • The Agüero Sisters by Cristina García
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • Ninety-Two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Continental Drift by Russell Banks
  • Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
  • Naked in Garden Hills by Harry Crews
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • Tourist Season  by Carl Hiaasen
  • Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
  • Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
  • King of Cuba by Cristina García 
  • Miami by Joan Didion
  • Garvey’s Ghost by Geoff Philp
  • Florida Frenzy by Harry Crews
  • Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Island of Eternal Love by Daina Chaviano

Short Stories

*We can't help it if we're from Florida: new stories from a sinking peninsula By Shane Hinton

How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capó Crucet

*Florida stories by Kevin McCarthy 

*Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

*Florida By Lauren Groff


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