Iowa: A Literary Landscape 


Adult Books G-H 
Introductory Note: Citations feature first edition of the work, with later editions asterisked chronologically. Self published works are noted within the citation. Notes are added for pseudonyms, major fiction awards, setting locations/timeframes, and alternative titles.

NOTE: Only stories set in Iowa are included in this bibliography.  Authors may have other works not included here.


Gaherty, Mike. Growing Season. New York: Avalon Books, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Modern Iowa farm probably in Storm Lake area (Buena Vista County)

Gaiman, Neil and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens. Gollancz, 1990.
*New York: William Morrow, 2006.
*London: Gollancz, 2013 and 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Iowa is referenced. NOTE: A witch prophesies the end of the world.

Ganshert, Katie. Wildflowers from Winter. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: fictional Peaks, Iowa. NOTE:Woman returns to town where she grew up and inherits farmland.

Ganshert, Katie. Wishing on Willows. Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Set in same town as Wildflowers from Winter

Garland, Hamlin. Boy Life on the Prairie. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1899.
*New York: Macmillan, 1899.
*London: Macmillan, 1899.
*New York: Macmillan, 1900.
*New York: Macmillan, 1908, 1899.
*New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923, 1899.
*Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1926.
*New York: Harper, 1927.
*New York: F. Ungar Publishing, 1959.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1961.
*New York: F. Ungar Publishing, 1967.
SETTING NOTE: Northern Iowa farm (Osage area), ca. 1870 (Mitchell County)

Garland, Hamlin. Daughter of the Middle Border. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1921.
*London: J. Lane, 1921.
*New York: Macmillan, 1921.
*New York: Sagamore Press, 1921.
*New York: Macmillan, 1922, 1921.
*New York: Macmillan, 1923, 1921.
*New York: Macmillan, 1925, 1921.
*New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1926, 1921.
*New York: Macmillan, 1926, 1921.
*New York: Macmillan, 1927.
*New York: Macmillan, 1929.
*New York: Sagamore Press, 1957.
*New York: Peter Smith, 1960.
*Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1971, 1921.
*St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1974, 1922.
*New York: Macmillan, 1988, 1921.
*Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1998, 1921.
NOTE: Novel is sequel to author's Son of the Middle Border
NOTE: 1921 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
SETTING NOTE: Various midwest areas in 19th century pioneer America

Garland, Hamlin. Jason Edwards: An Average Man. Boston: Arena Publishing, 1892.
*New York: D. Appleton, 1897, 1892.
*New York: D. Appleton, 1969, 1897.
*NOTE: Book is novelized form of Garland's play
Under the Wheel
SETTING NOTE: Midwest and Boston area in 1800s

Garland, Hamlin. Main-Travelled Roads. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891.
*Boston: Arena, 1891.
*Boston: Arena, 1892.
*New York: Harper, 1893.
*Cambridge, England: Stone and Kimball, 1893.
*Chicago: Stone and Kimball, 1894.
*Chicago: H.S. Stone, 1898, 1893.
*New York: Macmillan, 1899.
*New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899.
*New York: Macmillan, 1903.
*New York: Macmillan, 1907, 1899.
*New York: Harper, 1909.
*New York: Harper, 1910.
*New York: Harper & Brothers, 1920.
*London: J. Lane, 1921.
*New York: Harper, 1922.
*New York: Harper and Row, 1930.
*New York: Harper & Brothers, 1936.
*New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.
*New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1954.
*New York: Harper and Row, 1956.
*New York: New American Library, 1962.
*New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1963, 1954.
*New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1967.
*Columbus, OH: C. E. Merrill, 1970, 1891.
*St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1974, 1909.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1995, 1891.
SETTING NOTE: Various pioneer Midwest areas in the 1800s

Garland, Hamlin. Other Main-Travelled Roads. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1910.
*St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1974.
SETTING NOTE: Short stories based in the pioneer midwest of the 1800s

Garland, Hamlin. Prairie Folks. Chicago: F. J. Schulte, 1892.
*Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1892.
*Chicago: F.J. Schulte, 1893.
*Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1895.
*New York: Harper, 1899.
*New York: Macmillan, 1899.
*New York: AMS Press, 1969, 1899.
*[New York]: Garrett Press, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Short story collection with 19th century Midwest Settings

Garland, Hamlin. Rose of Dutcher's Coolly. Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1895.
*New York: Stone & Kimball, 1896.
*London: N. Beeman, 1896.
*London: N. Beeman, 1897.
*New York: Macmillan, 1899.
*New York: Harper, 1899.
*New York: Macmillan, 1905.
*New York: Harper, 1920.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1969, 1895.
*New York: AMS Press, 1969.
*St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1974, 1899.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farmgirl goes to Chicago in mid 1800s

Garland, Hamlin. Son of the Middle Border. New York: Macmillan, 1917.
*London: J. Lane, 1917.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1917.
*New York: Macmillan, 1918, 1917.
*New York: Macmillan, 1919, 1917.
*New York: Macmillan, 1920.
*New York: Macmillan, 1922.
*New York: Macmillan, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1925, 1917.
*New York: Macmillan, 1926.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1927.
*New York: Macmillan, 1927, 1917.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1928.
*New York: Macmillan, 1928.
*New York: Macmillan, 1933.
*New York: Macmillan, 1935, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1936.
*New York: Macmillan, 1937, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1938, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1940.
*New York: Macmillan, 1941, 1923.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1944.
*New York: Macmillan, 1946, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1948, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1952, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1956, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1959, 1923.
*New York: Macmillan, 1962.
*New York: Macmillan, 1964, 1962.
*New York: Penguin Books, 1971.
*St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1974, 1920.
*New York: Macmillan, 1975, 1917.
*St. Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1977, 1920.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1979.
*New York: Penguin Books, 1995, 1971.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional memoir set in the pioneer Midwest of the 1800s

Garland, Hamlin. A Spoil of Office: A Story of the Modern West. Boston: Arena Publishing, 1892.
*New York: D. Appleton, 1897.
SETTING NOTE: Political, Midwestern novel set in the late 1800s

Garlock, Dorothy. Homeplace. New York: Warner Books, 1991.
*New York: Warner Books, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Late 1800s on a Dubuque-area farm (Dubuque County)

Garlock, Dorothy. More Than Memory. New York: Warner Books, 2001.
*Rockland, MA: Wheeler Publishing, 2001. [large print edition]
SETTING NOTE: Iowa-born Chicagoan returns to family farm in 1958

Garwood, Julie. Heartbreaker. New York: Pocket Books, 2000.
*Rockland, MA: Wheeler, 2000. [large print ed.]
*New York: Pocket Books, 2002, 2001.
*London: Simon & Schuster, 2002, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Modern, small Iowa town

Gatling, Rachael. Your Iowa Grandmotherís Recipe Book. Las Vegas: Rachael Gatling, 2014. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Tatatonka, Iowa.
NOTE: Cooking legend grandmotherís recipe book is fought over in courtroom.

Genell, Sean Preciado. All the Help You Need. Iowa City, IA: Slow Collision Press, [2015].
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City, Iowa: Cab driver helps fellow driver seek revenge on taxi robbers.

Gerhard, Peter. Walnut Grove Glacier Wars: a story about religion, love, friendship, and living in Iowa. New York: iUniverse Inc., 2010.
SETTING NOTE: University of Iowa and fictional Walnut Grove, IA.
NOTE: German immigrant entered into small town debate over school curriculum.

Gideon, Nancy. Let Me Call You Sweetheart. New York: Silhouette Books, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional, modern-day small, farming town of Sweetheart, Iowa

Gillhoff, Johannes. Letters of a German American Farmer. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: German immigrant community in northeast and southeast Iowa (Clayton and Iowa counties) in the mid 1800s

Giorgio, Kathie. The Home for Wayward Clocks. Charlotte, NC: Mint Hill Books, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Clock museum turns into tourist attraction in What Cheer

Givens, David. Betrayed. Columbus, OH: Triple Crown Publications, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Noted criminal terrorizes Waterloo, Iowa (Blackhawk County)

Glaspell, Susan. Fidelity: A Novel. Boston: Small, Maynard, 1915.
*London: Jarrolds, 1924.
*Boston: Small, Maynard, 1926.
*London: Persephone, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Freeport (Davenport), Iowa in early 1900s

Glaspell, Susan. The Fugitive's Return. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1929.
*New York: A.L. Burt Company, 1929.
*London: V. Gollancz, 1929.
SETTING NOTE: Probably Davenport area in the early 1900s

Glaspell, Susan. The Glory of the Conquered: The Story of a Great Love. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1909.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1909.
*London: Jarrolds, 1925.
SETTING NOTE: Freeport, Iowa (Davenport) in early 1900s

Glaspell, Susan. Judd Rankin's Daughter. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1945.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1945.
SETTING NOTE: Davenport area and New England, early 1900s

Glaspell, Susan. The Visioning: A Novel. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1911.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1911.
*Toronto: Copp Clark, 1911.
*London: John Murray, 1912.
SETTING NOTE: Midwestern areas, probably around Davenport

Glawe, Dennis D., and G. Louis Heath. Gifts from Decorah Laurah. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Decorah, Iowa newspaper editor discovers time capsule
and Civil War-era mystery (Winnishiek County)

Glenn, Ruth Forrest. Unlawful Betrayal: A Novel. Lincoln, NE: IUniverse, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Self-destructive woman upsets southwestern Iowa town

Godwin, Gail. A Southern Family. New York: Morrow, 1987.
* New York: Morrow, 1987. (E-book)
* New York: Perennial, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Character spends time in Iowa teaching for 3 years

Gorman, Edward. Bad Moon Rising. New York: Pegasus Books, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Black River Falls, Iowa.
NOTE:Part of the Sam McCain mystery series.

Gorman, Edward. Black River Falls. London: Headline Feature, 1996.
*New York: Leisure Books, 1997, 1996.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Black River Falls, Iowa

Gorman, Edward. Riders on the Storm. New York: Pegasus Books, 2014.
* New York: Pegasus Books, 2014. (E-book)
* Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, 2015. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Black River Falls, Iowa.
NOTE: Man returns home to investigate murder of war veteran.
NOTE: 10th book in Sam McCain mystery series

Gorman, Edward. Blood Moon. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.
*London: Headline Feature, 1995, 1994.
*New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1996, 1994.
*NOTE: Volume one in Robert Payne series
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Linn County)

Gorman, Edward. Harlot's Moon. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
*New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998, 1997.
*London: Headline Feature, 1998, 1997.
*New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1999, 1997.
NOTE: Volume three in the Robert Payne series
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Gorman, Edward. Hawk Moon. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.
*London: Headline Feature, 1995.
*New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1998, 1996.
NOTE: Volume two in the Robert Payne series
SETTING NOTE: Small, Iowa town in 1958

Gorman, Edward. Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2004.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2004. [large print ed.]
*Bath, England: Chivers, 2005. [large print ed.]
*Toronto: Worldwide, 2005, 2004.
*Bath, England: Camden, 2005.
*London: Robert Hale, 2006, 2005.
*Leicester [UK]: Ulverscroft, 2007. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Black River Falls, Iowa during 1962's Cuban Missile Crisis
NOTE: Sixth novel in Sam McCain mystery series.

Gorman, Edward. The Day the Music Died: A Mystery. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1999.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1999. [large print ed.]
*New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 2000, 1999.
*Leicester, England: Ulverscroft, 2005. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Black Falls, Iowa in 1959 (fictional, small town)

Gorman, Edward. Everybody's Somebody's Fool: A Sam McCain Mystery. New York: Carroll and Graf, 2002.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2003, 2002. [large print ed.]
*Toronto: Worldwide, 2004, 2002.
*Bath, England: Camden, 2004. [large print ed.]
*London: Hale, 2008.
*Leicester [UK] : Ulverscroft, 2009. [large print ed.]
NOTE: First novel in the Sam McCain mystery series.
SETTING NOTE: 1961 high school class reunion in fictional Black River Falls, Iowa

Gorman, Edward. Fools Rush In: A Sam McCain Mystery. New York: Pegasus Books, 2007.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2007. [large print ed.]
*Bath [UK]: Chivers, 2008. [large print ed.]
*Bath [UK]: Camden, 2008.
*New York: Pegasus Books, 2009.
*Toronto: Worldwide, 2009. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Black Falls, Iowa during 1963's Civil Rights Movement era
NOTE: Seventh novel in the Sam McCain mystery series.

Gorman, Edward. Moonchasers and Other Stories. New York: Forge, 1996.
*New York: Forge, 2000,1996.
NOTE: Title novella featured in Criminal Intent. Arlington Hts., IL: Dark Harvest, 1993.
NOTE: Short story collection

Gorman, Edward. Save the Last Dance for Me. Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 2002.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2002. [large print ed.]
*New York: Carroll & Graf, 2002.
*Toronto: Worldwide, 2003.
*London: Hale, 2006.
*Leicester [UK]: Ulverscroft, 2006. [large print ed.]
*Leicester [UK]: Thorpe, 2007.

NOTE: Fourth title in the Sam McCain mystery series.
SETTING NOTE: Summer of 1960 in fictional Black River Falls, Iowa.

Gorman, Edward. The Silver Scream. London: Headline Feature, 1997.
*London: Headline Feature, 1998.

Gorman, Edward. Ticket to Ride. New York: Pegasus Books, 2009.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010 [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Double murder marks Labor Day celebration in 1965 fictional, Black River Falls, Iowa
NOTE: Book is the eighth and final entry in the Sam McCain mystery series

Gorman, Edward. Voodoo Moon. New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000.
NOTE: Volume four in the Robert Payne series
SETTING NOTE: Fictional, small town of Brenner, Iowa

Gorman, Edward. Wake up Little Susie: A Mystery. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1999.
*New York: Carroll & Graff, 2000.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 2000. [large print ed.]
*New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 2001, 1998.
*London: Hale, 2004.
*Leicester, England: Ulverscroft, 2006. [large print ed.]
NOTE: Part of Sam McCain crime series and prequel to The Day the Music Died.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Black River Falls, Iowa in 1957

Gorman, Edward. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2001. [large print ed.]
*New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 2002.
*London: Hale, 2005.
*Leicester, Englands: Ulverscroft, 2005. [large print ed.]
NOTE: Volume in Sam McCain mystery series

Gosselink, Sara Elizabeth. Roofs Over Strawtown. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1945.
*Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1947.
*[Pella, IA]: Pella Community Hospital Auxiliary, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa pioneer farming community (early 1800s)

Green, Harry H. The Recognition of Jesse Badleigh. Decorah, IA: Press of Public Opinion, 1910.

Greenleaf, Stephen. Fatal Obsession. New York: Dial Press, 1983.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1984, 1983.
*London: Hale, 1984, 1983.
*[Sevenoaks]: New English Library, 1985, 1983
*New York: Bantam, 1992, 1983.
*NOTE: Also titled as
Fatal Obsession: A John Marshall Tanner Mystery
SETTING NOTE: Centerville, Iowa area (Appanoose County)

Gregory, Daryl. Raising Stony Mayhall. New York: Ballantine Books, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: After a zombie attack a woman rescues an infant along the Iowa highway.

Grisham, John. Playing for Pizza. New York: Doubleday, 2007.
*New York: Random House Large Print, 2007. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Davenport, Council Bluffs, and University of Iowa. NOTE:Professional football player cut from team and joins team in Italy.

Grumbach, Doris. The Magicianís Girl. New York: Macmillan, 1987.
* Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-ClIO, 1988. [Large print]
* New York: Norton, 1993.
* New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Character spends time teaching at the University of Iowa. NOTE: Three New York women who meet in the late thirties and fulfill their destinies in the seventies.

Gudenkauf, Heather. Little Mercies. Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Harlequin Mira, [2014].
*Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, 2014. [Large print]
*Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin MIRA, 2014. (E-book)
*Sydney: MIRA, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Cedar City and Broken Branch, Iowa: Social worker meets homeless girl.

Gudenkauf, Heather. One Breath Away. Don Mills, Ontario: MIRA, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: School hostage situation during a blizzard (fictional Broken Branch, Iowa)

Gudenkauf, Heather. These Things Hidden. Don Mills, Ontario: MIRA, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Linden Falls, Iowa. Girl's older sister tries to contact her after being released from prison.

Gudenkauf, Heather. The Weight of Silence. Don Mills, Ontario: MIRA, 2009.
*Waterville, ME: Kennebec Large Print, 2010, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Child refuses to speak after family tragedy (fictional Willow Creek, IA)

Gutteridge, Marianne. Crossed Fingers. Seattle, WA: Elton-Wolf Publishing, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Swedish immigrants settle in rural 1920s Iowa

Halvorson, Jerome A. Abandoned: Now Stutter My Orphan. Hager City, WI: Halvorson Farms of Wisconsin, 1999.
NOTE: Historical novel based on controversial stuttering study done at the University of Iowa
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and University of Iowa, 1939

Hamilton, Carl. In No Time at All. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1974.
*Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa in 1920s-1930s

Hampl, Patricia and Steven Sorman. Spillville. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1987.

Hansen, Harry. Your Life Lies Before You: A Novel. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1935.

Hardwick, Elizabeth. The Simple Truth. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955.
*London: Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1955.
*New York: Ecco Press, 1982, 1955.
*London: Virago, 1987, 1955.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and University of Iowa, 1949

Harnack, Curtis. Limits of the Land. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979.
SETTING NOTE: Northwest Iowa town of Remsen (Plymouth County)

Harnack, Curtis. Love and Be Silent. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1962.
SETTING NOTE: Northwest Iowa town of Remsen (Plymouth County)

Harnack, Curtis. We Have All Gone Away. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973.
*Boston: G.K. Hall, 1973.
*Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1981, 1973.
*Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1988, 1973.
SETTING NOTE: Western Iowa (possibly Plymouth County) during Great Depression

Harnack, Curtis. The Work of an Ancient Hand. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1960.
*London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1961, 1960.
SETTING NOTE: Northwestern Iowa town in early 1900s

Harper, Kaje. Like the Taste of Summer. Los Gatos: Kaje Harper/Smashwords Edition, 2012. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: 1980ís Iowa college. College student finds first love in small town.

Harper, Martha Barnhart. Winter Wedding. New York: Longmans, Green, 1950.
*New York: D. McKay, 1960.
*New York: D. McKay, 1966, 1950.
SETTING NOTE: Small, Iowa town soon after Civil war (ca. 1865-1870)

Harris, Lisa. Tara's Gold. Uhrichsville, OH: Heartsong Presents, 2007.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010 [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Young woman from distinguished family seeks to find gold from an unsolved heist
NOTE: Title is the fourth book in the "Massachusetts Brides" series

Harris, Paul. The Candidate. New York: Vantage Point, 2012.
*New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Assassination attempt on a presidential candidate at Iowa rally invigorates his campaign for the White House.

Harrison, Nick and Kenneth W. Sollitt. These Years of Promise: A Novel. Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books, 1987.
NOTE: (#3 of Ann of the Prairie series)
SETTING NOTE: Osceola County farming community in late 1800s

Harrison, Nick, and Kenneth W. Sollitt. While Yet We Live: A Novel. Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books, 1991.
NOTE: (#4 of Ann of the Prairie series)
SETTING NOTE: Osceola County farming community in late 1800s

Harstad, Donald. The Big Thaw. New York: Doubleday, 2000.
*London: Fourth Estate, 2000.
*New York: Bantam, 2001.
*Hampton Falls, NH: BeelerLarge Print, 2001, 2002. [large print ed.]
* London: Fourth Estate, 2008.
NOTE: Volume three in Carl Houseman series
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa (Clayton County)

Harstad, Donald. Code 61. New York: Doubleday, 2002.
*London: Fourth Estate, 2002.
*New York: Bantam, 2003.
*London: Fourth Estate, 2003.
NOTE: Volume 4 in Carl Houseman series.
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa.

Harstad, Donald. Eleven Days: A Novel of the Heartland. New York: Doubleday, 1998.
*London: Fourth Estate, 1998.
*London: Fourth Estate, 1999.
*New York: Bantam, 1999.
NOTE: Volume one of the Carl Houseman series
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa (Clayton County)

Harstad, Donald. The Heartland Experiment: A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa

Harstad, Donald. The Known Dead: A Novel. New York: Doubleday, 1999.
*London: Fourth Estate, 1999.
*New York: Bantam, 2000.
*London: Fourth Estate, 2000.
Hampton Falls, NH: Beeler Large Print, 2002. [large print ed.]
NOTE: Volume two in the Carl Houseman series
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa (Clayton County)

Harstad, Donald. A Long December. Gordonsville, VA: Rugged Land, 2003.
*London: Fourth Estate, 2003.
*London: Harper Perennial, 2004.
*New York: Rugged Land, 2005.
NOTE: Volume five in Carl Houseman series
SETTING NOTE: Nation County (modeled on Clayton County, Iowa)

Harstad, Donald. Nation County Killings. London: Fourth Estate, 1999.
NOTE: Volume in Carl Houseman series (UK release only)
SETTING NOTE: Nation County (modeled on Clayton County, Iowa)

Harstad, Donald. November Rain. New York, NY: Assembly Press, 2013.
*New York, NY: Crooked Lane Books, 2015. (2nd edition)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Nation County, Iowa. NOTE: Iowa cop travels to UK to work kidnapping case of his daughterís best friend.

Harter, Evelyn. Dr. Katherine Bell. New York: Doubleday, 1950.
SETTING NOTE: 1920s at fictional Sioux University in Prairie City, IA. Modeled on University of Iowa medical school, Iowa City

Hatcher, Robin Lee. Patterns of Love. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1998.
*Hampton Falls, NH: Beeler Large Print, 1998.
*Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2001.
*Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2008.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010 [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional town of Uppsala, Iowa (immigrant farming community) in late 1800s

Heacock, Nan. Crinoline to Calico. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1977.
*Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1987, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Pioneer life in Iowa, mid 1800s

Heath, G. Louis. Meswaki Burial Mounds and Other Stories from Quinlan, Iowa, the Eternal Town Where the Corn Goddess Rules. [Bloomington, IN]: 1st Books Library, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Iowa university town.

Hedges, Peter. An Ocean in Iowa: A Novel. New York: William Morrow, 1997.
*New York: Hyperion Press, 1998.
*New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998.
*London: Flamingo, 1998.
*London: Flamingo, 1999, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: 1969 in fictional Endora, Iowa

Hedges, Peter. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? New York: Poseidon Press, 1991.
*London: Mandarin, 1993, 1991.
*New York: Pocket Books, 1994, 1991.
*New York: Washington Square Press, 1999, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional, rural town of Endora, Iowa

Hein, Ruth D., and Vicky L. Hinsenbrock. Ghostly Tales of Northeast Iowa: Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties. Fort Madison, IA: Quixote Press, 1988.
*Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1996.
  
NOTE: Also titled as
Ghostly Tales of Iowa

Heinlein, Robert A. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners. New York: Putnam, 1985.
*New York: Putnam, 1986.
*New York: Berkeley Books, 1986.
*London: New English Library, 1986.
*New York: Ace Books, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Features several scenes in Grinnell, Iowa (Poweshiek County).

Heinlein, Robert A. The Puppet Masters. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951.
*New York: New American Library, 1951.
*New York: New American Library, 1959.
*London: Panther, 1960.
*New York: New American Library, 1963.
*Toronto: New Library of Canada, 1969.
*London: Pan Books, 1969.
*Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975.
*Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.
*New York: Doubleday, 1980.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1986.
*Sevenoaks[UK]: New English Library, 1987.
*New York: Ballantine, 1990.
*Riverdale, NY: Baen Publishing, 2009.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010 [large print ed.].
NOTE: Work frequently appears in two trilogies: Three by Heinlein: The Puppet Masters, Waldo & Magic, Inc. and in A Heinlein Trio.
SETTING NOTE: Area near Grinnell, Iowa (Poweshiek County).

Henning, William E. The Heller. New York: Scribners, 1947.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1949.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1958.
SETTING NOTE: Cedar Rapids woman experiences financial success (Linn County)

Herbst, Josephine. The Executioner Awaits. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1934.
*New York: AMS Press, 1977, 1934.
*New York: Warner Books, 1985.
NOTE: Volume two of the Trexler-Wendel family trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Iowa towns, 1918-1929

Herbst, Josephine. Nothing is Sacred. New York: Coward-McCann, 1928.
*New York: Arno Press, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa town, early 1920s

Herbst, Josephine. Pity is Not Enough. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1933.
*New York: Warner Books, 1961,1933.
*New York: Warner Books, 1985.
*Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1998.
NOTE: Volume one of the Trexler-Wendel family trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Iowa during Reconstruction period (1865-1900)

Herbst, Josephine. Rope of Gold: A Novel of the Thirties. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1939.
*Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press, 1939.
*Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press, 1967.
*New York: Warner Books, 1986, 1966.
NOTE: Volume three of the Trexler-Wendel family trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Iowa towns from 1933-1937

Heynen, Jim. The Boy's House: Stories. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Press, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa rural community

Heynen, Jim. The Fall of Alice K. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Dutch Center, Iowa (northwest Iowa).

Heynen, Jim. The One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories about the Boys. New York: Knopf, 1993.
*New York: Vintage Books, 1994, 1993.
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa farming community

Hill, Joe. NOS4A2. New York: William Morrow, [2013].
SETTING NOTE: Mention of fictional Here Public library near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hoffman, Mathias. Young and Fair is Iowa, an Historical Novel. Dubuque, IA: Loras College Press, 1946.
SETTING NOTE: Dubuque and surrounding area, beginning in 1834

Holby, Cindy. Chase the Wind. New York: Dorchester Publishing, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: 1830s family settles in Iowa territory
NOTE: First novel in Duncan family trilogy

Holmes, Marjorie. World by the Tail. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1943.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1972.
SETTING NOTE: Storm Lake, Iowa area (Buena Vista County)

Holt, Tom. Wish You Were Here. London: Orbit, 1998.
*London: Orbit, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Lake Chicopee, Iowa

Holst, Mike. Three Days in August. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, [2015].
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Morton Valley, Iowa. NOTE: Crook befriends runaway whose father owns bank they attempt to rob.

Hoover, Hadley. Late Harvest. [s.l.]: Lulu.com, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Dutchville, Iowa nurse trains in 1940s Rochester, Minnesota
NOTE: Available for downloading at Lulu.com

Hoover, Hadley. Rough Terrain. San Jose, CA: Writers Club Press, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Early 1900s romance in fictional Dutchville, Iowa (modelled on Pella)

Hoover, Hadley. Shifting Shadows. [United States]: Lulu.com, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Scheming woman tries to rectify past, costly decisions (fictional Dutchville, modeled on Pella, Iowa)

Hoover, Hadley. Unguarded Edge. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: 1920s fictional Dutchville, Iowa
NOTE: Available for downloading at EBookMall.

Hoover, Hadley. Water Marks. [United States]: Lulu.com, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Set in Milford, Iowa where the police chief sets out to solve series of homicides.

Hoover, Michelle. Bottomland. New York: Black Cat, [2016]
*New York, NY: Black Cat, 2016. (E-book)
*[S.l.]: Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2016. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa post World War I NOTE: Familyís struggle to stay together despite disappearance of two family members.

Hopper, Elaine. Double Dare. Dubuque, IA: Earthling Press, 1999.
*Dubuque, IA: Awe-Struck, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Senator on northeastern Iowa tour discovers family secret

Horn, Margaret Capek. You Know I Don't Love You. [Longwood, FL]: Xulon Press, 2006.
NOTE: Profile of family violence set in an Iowa City pastor's home (Johnson County)

Hotle, Charles C. Forks of the River. Winona, MN: Apollo, 1983.
SETTING NOTE: Pioneer days in southeastern Iowa (Washington County)

Hotle, Charles C. Frontier Mailman: How the Mail was Delivered when the Territory was New and Indians Skulked in the Brush. Kalona, IA: Kalona Graphics, 1987.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa frontier in the 1800s

Hotle, Charles C. Hired Hand. [S.l.]: Bireline Publishing, 1985.
SETTING NOTE: Washington County, early 1900s

Hotle, Charles C. Mormons, Quakers, and the Plank Road. [S.l.:s.n.], 1995.  

Hotle, Charles C. The Skunk River War: Treason in Iowa in 1863. Winona, MN: Apollo, 1984.
SETTING NOTE: Southeastern Iowa during Civil War (1861-1865)

Hotle, Charles C. Slaughter County. [Washington, IA]: Washington Evening Journal, 1981.
SETTING NOTE: Early years of Washington County, then named Slaughter County

Hotle, Charles C. The Story of Uncle Pete: From Iowa to Kansas. Kalona, IA: Kalona Graphics, 1989.

Howard, Mary. Discovering the Body. New York: William Morrow, 2000.
*New York: Perennial, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day (fictional) Linden Grove, Iowa

Hueston, Ethel. Prudence of the Parsonage. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1915.
SETTING NOTE: (Prudence series) modeled on Burlington, Iowa (Des Moines County)

Hueston, Ethel. Prudence's Omnibus. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1917.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1936.
*NOTE: Book is compilation of all three Prudence novels.

Hueston, Ethel. Prudence Says So. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1916.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1916.
*Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1916.
SETTING NOTE: Burlington, Iowa and Mississippi River areas

Hueston, Ethel. Prudence's Sisters. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1917.
SETTING NOTE: Burlington, Iowa and Mississippi River areas

Huffey. Rhoda. The Hallelujah Side. Harrison, NY: Delphinium Books, 1999.
*Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: 1950s Ames, Iowa (Story County)

Huffman, Martha. Kin Keepers. [S.l.]: Little Red Hen Publishing, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Ohio immigrants settle in 1800s Sigourney, Iowa

Hughes, Kathleen. Dear Mrs. Lindbergh: A Novel. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.
*New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: 1930s fictional Cedar Bluff, Iowa

Hughes, Rupert. In a Little Town. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1917.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1917.
SETTING NOTE: Short stories set in early 1900s Keokuk and surrounding small towns
(Lee County)

Hunter, Maddy. Alpine for You. New York: Pocket Books, 2003.
* New York: Pocket Books, 2003. (E-book)
*Center Point, 2005.
* Thorndike, Me.: Center Point Pub., 2005. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Windsor City, Iowa.
NOTE: Iowa tourist takes over for dead tour guide in Switzerland.
NOTE: Book 1 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. Top Oí the Mourning to You. New York: Pocket Books, 2003.
* New York : Paperback, 2002.
*[S.l.]: Wheeler Pub Inc, 2005.
* Bath: Camden, 2005. [Large print]
* Bath: Chivers, 2006. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Windsor City, Iowa.
NOTE: A real corpse turns up in one of the guest rooms during Ireland tour.
NOTE: Book 2 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. Pasta Imperfect: A Passport to Peril Mystery. New York: Pocket Books, 2004.
* New York: Pocket Books, 2004. (E-book)
* Waterville, Me.: Wheeler Pub., 2005. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Windsor City, Iowa.
NOTE: Literary ladies fight over book contract and bodies begin showing up.
NOTE: Book 3 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. Hula Done It: A Passport to Peril Mystery. NY: Pocket Books, 2005.
* Waterville, Me.: Wheeler Pub., 2006. [Large print]
* NY: Pocket Books, 2010. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Windsor City, Iowa
NOTE:Travel escort investigates accident that leaves an expert professor overboard of their cruise.
NOTE: Book 4 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. G'day to Die: A Passport to Peril Mystery. Waterville, ME: Wheeler Publishing, 2006.
*Waterville, ME: Wheeler Publishing, 2007. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Iowa tourists in Australia encounter murder mystery
NOTE: Novel is fifth title in the "Passport to Peril" series

Hunter, Maddy. Norway to Hide: A Passport to Peril Mystery. New York: Pocket Books, 2007.
* Waterville, ME. : Wheeler, 2008. [Large print]
* Bath: Camden, 2009. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Iowa tourists in Scandinavia
NOTE: Book 6 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. Dutch Me Deadly: A Passport to Peril Mystery. Woodbury, MN: Midnight Ink, 2012.
* Woodbury, Minn.: Midnight Ink, 2011. (E-book)
* Waterville, Maine: Wheeler Publishing, 2012. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Iowa tourists in Holland
NOTE: Book 7 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. Bonnie of Evidence: A Passport to Peril Mystery. Woodbury, MN: Midnight Ink, 2013.
* Waterville, Maine: Wheeler Publishing, 2013. [Large print]
* Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Iowa tourists in Scotland when a member of the tour group ends up dead.
NOTE: Book 8 of Passport to Peril series

Hunter, Maddy. Fleur de Lies: A Passport to Peril Mystery. Woodbury, Minnesota: Midnight Ink, 2014.
* Woodbury, Minnesota: Midnight Ink, 2014. (E-book)
* Waterville, Maine Wheeler Publishing, 2014. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Iowa tourists in France.
NOTE: Book 9 of Passport to Peril series

Hutchinson, Duane. Bily Brothers: Wood Carvers and Clock Makers. Lincoln, NE: Foundation Books, 1993.
SETTING NOTE: Historical fiction set in Spillville, Iowa (Winneshiek County)

Hylton, J.D. Searchlite Stop: A Madison County Chronicle: A Novel. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: 1950s boy comes of age in fictional Madison City, Iowa

Hylton, J.D. Thief. Seattle: Castle Pacific Publishing, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: 1890s con-man in central Iowa (Winterset/Des Moines areas) (Madison and Polk Counties)

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward

Preface

Introduction

Recent Project Additions

Adult Books A-F

Adult Books G-H

Adult Books I-R

Adult Books S-Z

Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

All Authors

All Titles

Iowa Towns

Iowa Counties

Iowa Regions

References

Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore

Endnote


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