Iowa: A Literary Landscape 

Adult Books I-R  
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.

Iola, Kate. Dead Stock. Hartley, IA: Hammersmark Books, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Bioterrorism expert battles Iowa hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak

Irelan, Patrick. The Big Drugstore. North Liberty, IA: Ice Cube Press, [2015].
SETTING NOTE: Quad Cities and Sabula, Iowa.
NOTE: Private detective investigates murder of drugstore owner.

Irving, John. The Water-Method Man. New York: Random House, 1972.
*New York: Avon Books, 1973, 1972.
*New York: Pocket Books, 1978, 1972.
*London: Corgi Books, 1980.
*London: Corgi Books, 1982, 1972.
*New York: Random House, 1984, 1972.
*London: Black Swan, 1986, 1972.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1990, 1972.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1997, 1972.
SETTING NOTE: University of Iowa and Iowa City in 1960s

Jack, Zachary. What Cheer. North Liberty, IA: Tall Corn Books, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: What Cheer, Lost Nation, and Story County,Iowa.
NOTE: Writer goes on road trip to find his distant admirer.

Jackson, Charles Tenney. The Midlanders. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1912.
SETTING NOTE: Pioneer era in fictional Rome, Iowa

Jackson, Donald Dean. Archer Pilgrim. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1942.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm, possibly in area of Glenwood, Iowa (Mills County)

Jasper, Michael. Family, Pack. Wake Forest, NC: Unwrecked Press, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Story of a werewolf trying to raise a family near Dubuque (fictional town of Dyersburg).

Jasper, Michael. The Wannoshay Cycle. Waterville, ME: Five Star, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Earth's first alien arrival occurs in Iowa

Jeffery, Ransom, and John Keeble. Mine. New York : Grossman Publishers, 1974.
*New York: Warner, 1975, 1974.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and University of Iowa area in 1970s

Jerome, Amalie Hofer. My Century, the Story of Andreas Franz Hofer. Boston: B. Humphries, 1937.

Jochum, Patricia A. River's End: The Deception. [s.l.]: P.A. Jochum, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Daughter of 1930s bootlegging family tries to escape from violence (Dubuque, Iowa) (Dubuque County)
NOTE: First novel in trilogy

Johnson, Denis. Jesus' Son: Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1992.
*London: Faber & Faber, 1992.
*New York: Harper Perennial, 1993, 1992.
*London: Faber & Faber, 1994, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Journey from Iowa City to Arizona in early 1970s

Jones, David Myles. "First Cousins: A Novel on Youth, Family, Love, Faith, and Responsibility." Thesis. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1990.

Jones, T.P. The Gamble. Austin, TX: Synergy Books, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Small Iowa town reels from effects of a hate crime (fictional Jackson, Iowa)
NOTE: Title is book two of the "Loss of Certainty" series

Jones, T.P. Jackson. Austin, TX: Synergy Books, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Meatpacking company's collapse threatens town's survival (fictional Jackson, IA)
NOTE: Title is book one of the "Loss of Certainty" series

Kallmaker, Karin. One Degree of Separation. Ferndale, MI: Enfield, 2003.
*Tallahassee, FL: Bella Books, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Adventures of an Iowa City public librarian (Johnson County)

Kantor, MacKinlay. But Look, the Morn: The Story of a Childhood. New York: Coward-McCann, 1947.
*New York: Editions for Armed Services, 1946.
*London: Falcon Press, 1950.
SETTING NOTE: Webster City, Iowa, early 1900s (Hamilton County)

Kantor, MacKinlay. God and My Country. Cleveland, OH: World Publishing, 1954.
*Pleasantville, NY: Readerís Digest Association, 1954.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1954.
*New York : Bantam, 1955, 1954.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1957.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1966.
NOTE: Also titled as
Follow Me Boys: (God and Country)
SETTING NOTE: Adventures of a scoutmaster in Webster City in early 1900s

Kantor, MacKinlay. Happy Land. New York: Coward-McCann, 1942.
*Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing, 1943.
*New York: Coward-McCann, 1943.
*Garden City, NY: The Dial Press, 1944.
*New York: Paperback Library, 1962.
SETTING NOTE: Small Iowa town (Webster City) in WWII era (Hamilton County)

Kantor, MacKinlay. The Jaybird. New York: Coward-McCann, 1932.
*New York: Manor Books, 1960.

Kantor, MacKinlay. Spirit Lake. Cleveland, OH: World Publishing, 1961.
*New York: New American Library, 1961.
*London: W. H. Allen, 1962.
*London: White Lion Publishers, 1973, 1961.
SETTING NOTE: Novel chronicles 1857 massacre at Spirit and Okoboji lakes (Dickinson and Clay Counties)

Kantor, MacKinlay. Valedictory. New York: Coward-McCann, 1938, 1939.  

Kasten, Kate. Better Days. Iowa City, IA: Islet Publishing, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Rural farm near Iowa City, Iowa.
NOTE: Husband and wife deal with aftermath of sonís death and relentless town booster.

Kentfield, Calvin. All Men are Mariners. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962.
*London: W.H. Allen, 1963.

Kentfield, Calvin. The Angel and the Sailor: A Novella and Nine Stories. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1957.
*London: V. Gollancz, 1957.
*New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962, 1957.
SETTING NOTE: Southern Iowa, near Keokuk (Lee County)

Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. New York: Viking Press, 1957.
* New York: Penguin, 1976, 1979, and 2008.
* New York: New American Library, 1982.
SETTING NOTE: Davenport, Iowa City, and Des Moines, Iowa.
NOTE: Man hitchhikes across the continent from New York in 1947.

Kinsella, W.P. If Wishes Were Horses. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1996.
NOTE: First volume of Iowa baseball trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Iowa baseball player seeks out Ray Kinsella

Kinsella, W.P. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
*Toronto: Collins, 1986.
*Boston: Ballantine Books, 1987, 1986.
*Toronto: Totem Books, 1987.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1996, 1986.
* Boston, Mass. Mariner Books, 2003.
* Boston: Houghton Mifflin: Mariner Books, 2003. (1st Mariner Books ed)
* London: The Friday Project, 2014.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Onomata, Iowa in 1908; some scenes in Iowa City (Johnson County)

Kinsella, W.P. Magic Time. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1998.
*Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Grand Mound, Iowa in modern-times

Kinsella, W.P. Shoeless Joe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1983, 1982.
*[s.l.]: Allison & Busby, 1988, 1982.
*London: W.H. Allen, 1988, 1982.
*[s.l.]: Star, 1989.
*[s.l.]: Random House Canada, 1991.
*Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1992, 1982. (collectors edition)
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1996.
*Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999, 1982.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farming community in 1980s; scenes in Iowa City (Johnson County)

Kinsella, W.P. Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories. [Ottawa]: Oberon Press, 1980.
*Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1993, 1980.
NOTE: Short story collection and first version of
Shoeless Joe
SETTING NOTE: Rural Iowa communities

Klein, Adam. Tiny Ladies. London: Serpent's Tail, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: California social worker moves to Iowa to escape past problems

Klinkowitz, Jerome. Basepaths: From the Minor Leagues to the Majors and Beyond. New York: Scribners, 1984.
*Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Mason City, Iowa minor-league baseball club (Cerro Gordo County)

Kohrt, Ruth. Armon's Apples: A Novel of Man Against the Prairie. Des Moines, IA: Center Press Books, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: New York native purchases Iowa homestead (Clayton County)

Kohrt, Ruth. From a Test Tube with Love. Bryn Mawr, PA: Buy Books on the, 1999.
*Haverford, PA: Infinity Publishing, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Northwest Iowa farm girl moves to Des Moines

Kohrt, Ruth. Nine Months at $90. [Des Moines, IA]: s.n., 1997.
*Des Moines, IA: s.n., 1999.
SETTING NOTE: First-year teacher in a 1930s Iowa one-room country school

Kohrt, Ruth. Stella's Statue. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Early Iowa village settlement

Kruse, Aaron. River City Justice. Gilroy, CA: Bookstand Publications, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Murder mystery in modern Burlington, Iowa

Lacey, Margaret. Silent Friends: A Quaker Quilt. Urbana, IL: Stormline Press, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Three generations of Quakers on their Iowa farm

Lafore, Laurence Davis. Nine Seven Juliet: A Mystery Novel. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional city of Buchanan (Iowa City area) in modern era

Laird, Charlton. Thunder on the River. Boston: Little, Brown, 1949.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1950.
*[S.l]: Transworld Publishers, 1953.

Laird, Charlton. West of the River. Boston: Little, Brown, 1953.
*New York: Bantam, 1957, 1953.
SETTING NOTE: Mississippi River towns and Missouri in 1830s

Lammers, Thomas G. Augustus Green in the Lair of the Pye-a-Saw. Oshkosh, WI: T.G. Lammers, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Botanist travels into late 1700s, southeastern Iowa with help of French-Canadian guide and discovers predatory bird

Lammers, Thomas G. Obadiah Gray and the Search for the Elusive Eponym. Oshkosh, WI.: T.G. Lammers, 2011. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Plant collecting in Iowa.

Lammers, Thomas G. Obadiah Gray and the Beast of Stony Hollow. St. Louis, MO: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Strange creature prowls river bluffs north of Burlington, Iowa (Des Moines County)

Lammers, Thomas G. Obadiah Gray and the Mystery of the Centurion's Testament. St. Louis, MO: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Ancient coin discovered in farm field near Burlington, Iowa (Des Moines County)

Lammers, Thomas G. Obadiah Gray and the Witch of Half-Moon Swamp. St. Louis, MO: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Doctor encounters devastasted community beset by possible curse (Des Moines County)

Lamp, C.O. Pony Trails and Puppy Tales. New York: iUniverse, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Short stories about modern-day Manning, Iowa (Carroll County)

Landis, Jill Marie. Sunflower. New York: Berkely, 1988.
*New York: Berkely, 1990, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Historical romance in pioneer Iowa

Langtry, Leslie. Merit Badge Murder. Gemma Halliday Publishing, 2014.
* Gemma Halliday Publishing, [2014] (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: CIA agent hides in Iowa running a Girl Scout troop

Layton, Nancy. The Pink House. Ildyllwind, CA: Crone House, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Woman returns to hometown of fictional Nathan Springs, Iowa.

Leggett, John W. Making Believe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and University of Iowa in Vietnam era

Levin, Ira. A Kiss Before Dying. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1953.
* Thorndike, Me.: Center Point Pub., 2001. (Large print)
* London: Constable & Robinson, 2011. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Blue River, Iowa and Stoddard University.
NOTE:Young man finds out his girlfriend is pregnant.

Lindeen, Mary. Hooray for Midsommar! Crystal Lake, IL: Rigby, 1999.

Linkletter, Monte. Cricket Smith. New York: Harper, 1959.
*London: A. Deutsch, 1960.
*Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1960, 1959.

Longley, Ralph L. Cabin on the Second Ridge. New York: Vantage Press, 1976.
SETTING NOTE: Novel details pioneer life in Grinnell, Iowa (Poweshiek County)

Loots, Alan. Storm Lake. Des Moines, IA: Andrew Gray, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa professor and FBI agent involved in terrorist plot

Loski, Diana, Linda M. Sniffen, and Jolie Kemp. 1864: A Year in the Life of a Civil War Soldier. Boise, ID: Writer's Press Service, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa-born Union soldier recounts his life during Civil War

Lottman, Eileen. She and I. New York: Morrow, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Conjoined twins from Sioux City, Iowa tell life stories (Woodbury County)

Lounsberry, Barbara, ed. 16,000 Suspects: A RAGBRAI Mystery. Cedar Falls, IA: Public Radio KUNI, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Iowa during RAGBRAI

Lounsberry, Barbara,ed. Orchestrated Murder: An Iowa Mystery. Cedar Falls, IA: Public Radio KUNI, 2001.
NOTE: Focus on deaths of Iowa symphony conductors

Lounsberry, Barbara, ed. Politics is Murder: An Iowa Mystery. Cedar Falls, IA: Public Radio KUNI, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa campaign trail for 2002 gubernatorial election

Lounsberry, Barbara,ed. Time & Chance: An Iowa Murder Mystery. Cedar Falls, IA: Public Radio KUNI, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional town of Bella in northeast Iowa

Lovely, Stephen. Irreplaceable. New York: Voice/Hyperion, 2009.

Lynn, David Hayden. Wrestling with Gabriel: a Novel. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Baltimore reporter travels to Iowa due to family crisis

Maas, Tammy. A Complicated Life in a Small Town. Anza, CA: Rainstorm Press, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Monticello, Iowa. Woman returns to childhood home after her mother's death.

Maas, Tammy. God Save Us All. Minneapolis, MN: Summerside Press, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Monticello. Sequel to A Complicated Life in a Small Town.

Macallister, Greer. A Magicianís Lie. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2015.
* Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2015. [Large print]
* Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2015. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Waterloo, Iowa: Female illusionist accused of murdering her husband.

MacLean, Brian L. Our Heart. Charleston, S.C.: [CreateSpace], 2010.(Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Cedar Junction, Iowa: Man returns home to be with his dying grandfather and reunite with an old love.

MacLean, Brian L. Against the Current. Sarasota, FL: First Edition Design Publishing, 2014. (E-book)
* Sarasota, FL: First Edition Design Pub., 2014.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Mt. Clarkton, Iowa: Man must play a game with a master manipulator.

Madden, Mary Anne. A Campus Death. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: 1972 University of Iowa dormitory student murder is investigated by local reporter (Iowa City, Iowa) (Johnson County)

Magnuson, James, and Dorothea G. Petrie. Orphan Train. New York: Dial Press, 1978.
*New York: Fawcett Crest, 1978.
*Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Digest Association, 1978. [novel condensation]
*Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979, 1978.
*London: Prior, 1979, 1978. [large print edition]
SETTING NOTE: 1894 arrival of orphan train in Dysart, Algona, and New Hampton areas (Tama, Kossuth, and Chickasaw counties)

Mallam, R. Clark and Shirley Schmidt. The Curator. [S.l.: s.n.], 1983.

Malone, Buzz. The Ghosts of Melrose. Chariton, IA: Buzz Malone Books, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Story of growing up during the Great Depression.

Malone, Buzz. The Lynching of Hiram Wilson: Chariton, Iowa 1870: a novel. United States: Createspace, 2011.(Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Chariton, Iowa in the year 1870

Malone, Buzz. Silence of Centerville. Chariton, IA: Buzz Malone Books, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Set in 1945. Man looks back at his life after becoming deaf as a boy.

Manfred, Frederick Feikema. SEE ALSO Feikema, Feike.

Manfred, Frederick Feikema. The Chokecherry Tree. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1948.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Siouxland, Iowa (northwestern Iowa, modeled on hometown of Doon) (Lyon County)

Manfred, Frederick Feikema. Eden Prairie. New York: Trident Press, 1968.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Siouxland (Doon, Iowa)

Manfred, Frederick Feikema. Green Earth: A Novel. New York: Crown Publishing, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Siouxland (Doon, Iowa)

Manfred, Frederick Feikema. Of Lizards and Angels: A Saga of Siouxland. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Siouxland (Doon, Iowa)

Manno, Mike. Murder Most Holy. Waterville, ME.: Five Star, 2006.
* Toronto; New York: Worldwide, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Forbes Island, Iowa: A popular young nun is killed in a car bombing.

Martens, Lucile, and Margaret Rogers. Fun is Where You Find it: Escapades of the Innocents. Chicago: Adams Press, 1976.
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City, Iowa in early 1900s (Woodbury County)

Martin, Brett Stephan. Greenfields. Baltimore, MD: AmErica House, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Boy comes of age in Iowa and the Midwest

McCoy, Maureen. Summertime. New York: Poseidon Press, 1987.
*New York: Washington Square Press, 1988.

McCoy, Maureen. Walking After Midnight. New York: Poseidon Press, 1985.
*New York: Washington Square Press, 1986, 1985.
SETTING NOTE: Present-day Cedar Rapids (Linn County)

McCracken, Elizabeth. Niagara Falls All Over Again. New York: Dial Press, 2001.
*Rockland, MA: Wheeler Publishing, 2001. [large print edition]
*London: Vintage Books, 2003, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Only son of Jewish Des Moines family joins vaudeville and Hollywood's golden age. (Polk County)

McCracken, Susan. For the Call of a Friend. Richmond, IN: Friends United Press, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Quaker family in 1800s western Iowa

McCracken, Susan. For the Gift of a Friend. Richmond, IN: Friends United Press, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Quaker pioneer family in 1800s Iowa frontier

McCracken, Susan. For the Love of a Friend. Richmond, IN: Friends United Press, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Pioneer Quaker family moves from Indiana to Iowa

McDonald, Julie. Amalie's Story. Montezuma, IA: Sutherland Publishing, 1970.
*New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970.
NOTE: First novel of Danish family series
SETTING NOTE: Danish woman comes to western Iowa (Harlan area) from 1800-1880s (Shelby County)

McDonald, Julie. Reaching: A Novel. Montezuma, IA: Sutherland Publishing, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Harlan, Iowa girl goes to Iowa City/University of Iowa in 1940s

McDonald, Julie. Young Rakes: A Novel. Rock Island, IL: East Hall Press, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: English colony in 1800s LeMars, Iowa (Plymouth County)

McElroy, Edith Wasson. Years of Valor. [Des Moines]: Iowa Civil War Centennial Commission, 1969.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm in Civil War era (ca. 1830-1870s)

McHale, Thomas. Dooley's Delusion. Atlanta, GA: Droke House, 1971.
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City Catholic diocese (Woodbury County)

McIlrath III, James Harley. "'Possum Trot and Other Stories." Thesis. University of Northern Iowa, 1999.

McKibbin, Carroll R. Lillian's Legacy: Marriage and Murder in Rural Iowa. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Guthrie Center, Iowa (Guthrie County)

McMillen, Howard. The Many Mansions of Sam Peeples. New York: Viking Press, 1971.
*New York: Viking Press, 1972, 1971.
SETTING NOTE: Set in fictional Kanecka City, KS, modeled on Iowa City

McMullen, Sean. The Miocene Arrow. New York: TOR, 2000, 2001, and 2003.
*New York, NY: TOR, 2000. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City, Iowa and the Missouri River.
NOTE: The balance of power in a futuristic war is tipped by an ultimate weapon.
NOTE: Book 2 of Greatwinter trilogy

McMurtry, Larry. Moving On: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970.
*London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971.
*New York: Avon Books, 1971.
*London: Sphere, 1972,1970.
*New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987, 1970.
*New York: Pocket Books, 1988, 1970
*New York: Book-of-the-Month Club, 1990.
*New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999, 1970.
*New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: Texas couple comes to Iowa City/University of Iowa in 1960s

McNally, John. After the Workshop: A Memoir by Jack Hercules Sheahan: A Novel. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa Workshop graduate has long struggle to write first novel (Iowa City) (Johnson County)

McNally, John. Americaís Report Card. New York: Free Press, 2006.
* New York: Free Press, 2006. (E-book)
* New York: Free Press, 2007.
* Free Press, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City and Illinois: Standarized test scorer tries to help high school student.

Meissner, Susan. In All Deep Places. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: New England writer returns to fictional Halcyon, Iowa to run family newspaper

Melcher, Alan M. Darkness on the Edge of Town: A Jerry Crossman Mystery.
West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity Publishing, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Detective investigates 1961 murder of Iowa farm wife and her son

Mercado, Staci Angelina. Seeking Signs. United States: Four Feathers Press, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: 1913 Elvira, Iowa: Young girl investigates sisterís hanging to find the truth.

Meredith, Paul. An Iowa Blessing. Los Gatos: Paul Meredith/Smashwords Edition, 2012. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines area: Woman running from a tragedy seeks solace in small town Illinois and travels to Iowa for love.
NOTEL: self-published.

Michaels, Leigh. Backwards Honeymoon. Toronto: Harlequin Books, 2002,2001.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2004, 2001. [large print edition]
*Richmond: Mills and Boon, 2002. [large print edition]
SETTING NOTE: Woman flees Minnesota wedding and Iowa romance develops in fictional Ash Grove (modeled on Bloomfield, IA) (Davis County)

Michaels, Leigh. The Best-Made Plans. Toronto; New York: Harlequin Books, 1992.
*Chatswood, N.S.W.: Harlequin Books, 1993.
*Richmond, Surrey [UK]: Mills & Boon, 1994, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Springhill, Iowa

Michaels, Leigh. Capture a Shadow. Toronto; New York: Harlequin, c1986.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1986.
*Bath, England: Chivers Press, 1990. [large print ed.]
*South Yarmouth, MA: Curley, 1990. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Warren's Grove, Iowa (modelled on Ottumwa, IA) (Wapello County)

Michaels, Leigh. Carlisle Pride.Toronto; New York: Harlequin, c1987.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1987.
*Toronto; New York: Harlequin, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Oakley Mills, Iowa (modelled on Ottumwa) (Wapello County)

Michaels, Leigh. Close Collaboration. Toronto; New York: Harlequin, 1988.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Chandler College in city modelled on Ottumwa, Iowa (Wapello County)

Michaels, Leigh. A Convenient Affair. Toronto: Harlequin Books, 2001.
*London: Mills & Boon, 2001. [large print edition]
SETTING NOTE: Imaginary romance turns into true love for Des Moines, Iowa couple(Polk County)

Michaels, Leigh. Exclusively Yours. Toronto: Harlequin Books, 1989, 1988.
*London: Mills & Boon Limited, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Woman resists selling classic, Des Moines (Grand Avenue district) home to businessman (Polk County)
NOTE: Novel is part of the "American Heroes: Against All Odds" series

Michaels, Leigh. Family Secrets. Toronto and New York: Harlequin Books, 1994.
*Richmond {U.K}: Mills & Boon, 1995.
*New York and Toronto: Harlequin, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa single father in fictional Springhill, Iowa

Michaels, Leigh. Kiss Yesterday Goodbye. New York: Harlequin Books, 1984.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1984.
*Toronto: Harlequin Books, 1993, 1984.
NOTE: Part of the Men Made in America series from Silhouette Romances
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Twin Rivers, Iowa (modelled on Iowa City and Ottumwa)

Michaels, Leigh. Leaving Home. Toronto; New York; Harlequin, c1985.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1985.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Hammond's Point, Iowa (modelled on Ottumwa) (Wapello County)

Michaels, Leigh. Let Me Count the Ways. Toronto; New York, Harlequin, 1988.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1988.
*Toronto; New York: Harlequin Books, 1989.
*North Yorkshire, England: Magna Large Print Books, 1996. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Chandler College (Wapello County)

Michaels, Leigh. Old School Ties. Toronto; New York: Harlequin Books, 1992.
*Richmond, Surrey [UK]: Mills & Boon, 1994, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Fictionalized Archer's Junction, Iowa (modelled on West Des Moines, Valley Junction area) (Polk County)

Michaels, Leigh. Once and for Always. Toronto: Harlequin Books, 1990, 1989.
*[London]: Mills & Boon, 1989.
*Long Preston, North Yorkshire, England: Magna Large Print Books, 1995,1989.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Springhill, Iowa

Michaels, Leigh. Sell Me a Dream. Toronto; New York: Harlequin, c1986.
*London: Harlequin, 1986.
*Toronto; New York: Harlequin, 1987.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Springhill, Iowa

Michaels, Leigh. A Singular Honeymoon.Toronto; New York: Harlequin Books, 1994.
*Richmond, Surrey [UK]: Mills & Boon, 1994.
*Richmond, Surrey [UK]: Mills & Boon, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Hammond's Point, Iowa (modelled on Ottumwa, IA) (Wapello County)

Michaels, Leigh. Ties That Blind. Toronto; New York: Harlequin Books, 1993.
*Richmond, Surrey [UK]: Mills & Boon, 1993.
*Sydney [Australia]: Harlequin, Mills & Boon, 1996.
*Richmond, Surrey [UK]: Mills & Boon, 1996.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Chandler College and its town

Michaels, Leigh. An Uncommon Affair. Toronto: Harlequin Books, c1990.
*London: Mills & Boon, 1990.
*Toronto; New York: Harlequin Books, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Springhill, Iowa

Miller, A. R. Disenchanted. Creative Burnout; 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines and Sioux City, Iowa.
NOTE: Woman runs popular hair salon that is being targeted by a magic thief.
NOTE: Book 1 of Fey Creations series

Miller, A. R. Unenchanted. Creative Burnout;, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines: Woman struggles with her identity.
NOTE: Book 2 of Fey Creations series

Miller, Judith. More Than Words. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Storekeeper's daughter struggles with a secret in 1800s Amana Society (Amana Colonies) (Iowa County)

Miller, Judith. Somewhere to Belong. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2010.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2010 [large print ed.].
SETTING NOTE: Two Amana Society women struggle with identity and religion (Amana Colonies, Iowa County)
NOTE: Title is the first book in the "Daughters of Amana" series

Miller, Merle. That Winter. New York: W. Sloane, 1948.
*New York: Popular Library, 1948.
SETTING NOTE: Novel follows lives of three Iowa WWII veterans on their returns home

Miller, Tom. Fourth and Long. Parkersburg, IA: Mid-Prairie Books, 1997.

Millhiser, Marlys. Nella Waits. New York: Putnam, 1974.
*Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1975, 1974.
SETTING NOTE: Ghost story set in 1930s-1940s Charles City, Iowa (Floyd County)

Millhiser, Marlys. The Rampant Reaper. New York: St. Martin's Press: Minotaur Books, 2002.
*Toronto: Worldwide Library, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Murder mystery in fictional Myrtle, Iowa
NOTE: Available for downloading at EBookMall.

Moberg, Julia. Skies over Sweetwater: a novel. Warwick, N.Y.: Keene, 2008.
* New York: Keene Publishing, 2008. (Braille book)
* Rantoul, IL: Children's Book of the Month, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: small town Iowa: Woman leaves Iowa to attend WASP (Women Air force Service Pilots) training school.

Modesitt, L.E. The Soprano Sorceress. New York: Tor, 1997.
*London: Orbit, 1997.
*New York: Tor, 1998, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: ISU music professor in modern-day Ames, Iowa (Story County)

Moore, Patrick. Iowa. New York: Masquerade Books, 1996.

Moore, Rick. Bringing in the Sheep. [author]: Moore on the Page, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Set in 1960s. Man starts a farm.

Morrow, Thomas J. Nebraska Doppelganger. Oceanside, CA: Old Warrior Press, 2006.
SETTING: German-American farm boy fights for the Nazis in Africa and is later sent to an Iowa POW camp

Mosier, Kay Sickels. Walnut Valley Farm. Centennial, CO: Lifevest Publishing, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Life on a 1940s-1950s Iowa farm

Mossman, Dow. The Stones of Summer; A Yeoman's Notes, 1942-1969. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1972.
*New York: Popular Library, 1972.
*New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm, 1945-1968

Muilenburg, Walter J. Prairie. New York: Viking Press, 1925.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa rural farm life, late 1800s

Mukherjee, Bharati. Jasmine. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1989.
*New York: Viking Penguin, 1989.
*Markham, Ontario: Penguin Books Canada, 1990, 1989.
*London: Virago Press, 1990, 1989.
*New York: Fawcett Crest, 1991, 1989.
*London: Virago Press, 1991, 1990.
*New York: Grove Press, 1999.
*London: Virago, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Indian woman starts new life in modern-day Iowa (Iowa City area)

Muir, Diane Greenwood. All Roads Lead Home. [United States]: Nammynools Publications, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Story of fictional Bellingwood residents as newcomer gets to know them.

Muir, Diane Greenwood. A Big Life in a Small Town. [United States]: CreateSpace Indpependent Publishing Platform, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Second book in the Bellingwood series.

Murphy, Christine W. Through Iowa Glass. Hard Shell Word Factory: 1998.
Available for downloading at Hardshell.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, small Iowa town

Newborn, Sasha. The Basement. Santa Barbara, CA: Mudborn Press, 1978.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City (Iowa Avenue) and Africa in modern times

Nicola, S.A. The Lives of Skeletons. [United States], 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Events surrounding a hit and run accident in Mason, Iowa.

Nicholas, Anna. Chrysalis. [Iowa?: Anna Nicholas?], 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Cedar Falls. College girl's experience during the Vietnam War.

Nelson, Pete. The Christmas List. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.
* Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: University of Iowa Writerís Workshop and northern Iowa.
NOTE: Man learns about appreciation at memorial service.

Nieh, Hualing. Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China. Boston: Beacon Press, 1988.
* Beijing, China: New World Press, 1981.
* London: Women's Press, 1986.
* Boston: Beacon Press, 1988. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE:Lone Tree, IA: Woman develops second personality to deal with life after fleeing post-war China

Nolan, Robert. The Whitehurst Way. Columbus Junction, IA: CJ Communications, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Small Iowa college's football program

Nortman, Karen Musser. To Cache a Killer. [Charleston, SC]: [CreateSpace], [2015]. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: state park in Iowa
NOTE: Part of Frannie Shoemaker campground mystery series

Norton, C.J. Mannitto Tears. Bettendorf, IA: Prairie Publishing, 1988.

Nuhn, Ferner. Three Stories Plus Two Verses. Claremont, CA: [s.n.], 1979.
NOTE: Author is husband of Ruth Suckow

O'Donnell, Patricia. Necessary Places. Thomaston, ME: Cadent Publishing, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Father and daughter travel to fictional Vicksburg, Iowa where she grew up.

Olden, Marc. The Harker File. New York: New American Library, 1976.
*New York, NY: : Open Road Integrated Media, 2012. (E-book)
* New York: Mysterious, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Small Iowa town: Reporter investigates connection between CIA and recent accidents

Olsen, Gregg. A Cold Dark Place. New York: Kensington Publishing, 2008.
*New York: Pinnacle Books, 2008 [large print ed.].
SETTING NOTE: Female police officer investigates Iowa family murder as part of larger, national case

Olsen, Lance. Live From Earth. New York: Ballantine Books, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: University of Iowa/Iowa City in modern times

Opstein, Ed. Rennie Haran and the Letters Home. [s.l.]: Xulon Press, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines reporter uncovers ancient, biblical mystery (Polk County)
NOTE: First title in the Rennie Haran series

Orr, Elaine. Searching for Secrets. [Bloomington, IN]: 1st Books Library, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City teacher and policeman investigate school crime

Palecek, Mike. Iowa Terror. [Sheldon, IA]: Seventh Street Press, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Rural community fears Iowa, minority teen

Palecek, Mike. Joe Coffee's Revolution. Madison, WI: Badger Books, 2003.
*Oregon, WI: Waubesa Press, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa idealist runs for U.S. House seat

Palecek, Mike. KGB. Baltimore, MD: PublishAmerica, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Sioux City activists disrupt presidential visit (Woodbury County)

Palecek, Mike. The Last Liberal Outlaw. Villa Park, IL: New Leaf, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Corporation attempts to build prison in fictional Liberal, Iowa

Palecek, Mike. Looking for Bigfoot. Berthoud, CO: Howling Dog Press, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: National talk-radio host journeys to find truth in America

Palecek, Mike. The Truth. New Hampshire: Writers Publishing Cooperative, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Peace activist battles national media from fictional Saint Rose, Iowa

Palmer, Michael. The Patient. New York: Bantam Books, 2000
* New York: Random House Large Print, 2000. [Large print]
*Bantam, 2011. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE:Iowa City, Iowa: Neurosurgeon is blackmailed to perform surgery on killer

Parrish, Patt. Escape the Past. New York: Walker, 1985.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1999, 1985.
*Bath [England]: Chivers, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa small town

Patino, Irene. A Matter of Survival. White Bear Lake, MN: Melange Books, LLC, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional memoir of four brothers growing up on a farm in Iowa.

Pedroli, Hubert. The Joyrider. Palisades Landing, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Anderson County in Western Iowa.
NOTE: Strange sightings in the sky start a mystery

Pelton, Sonya T. Ecstasy's Magic. NewYork : Zebra Books, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Romance set in modern-day, fictional River City, Iowa

Pendleton, Linda. Corn Silk Days: Iowa, 1862. [L. Pendleton], 2010. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Iowa during Civil War period. Four generations of family adapt to drastic life changes.

Perry, Michalann. Loveís Windswept Embrace. New York, NY: Zebra Books, 1990.
SETTING NOTE:Ottumwa and Fairfield, Iowa: Criminal forces balloon pilot to help him escape police

Pietrzyk, Leslie. A Year and a Day. New York: William Morrow, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Small town in southeastern Iowa, possibly Johnson County.

Poage, Jean. Pioneer Tales of Jasper County. Newton, IA: News Printing Co., 1974.

Pourciau, Glen. Invite. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2008.
NOTE: Winner of the 2008 Iowa Short Fiction Award
SETTING NOTE: Short story collection set in Iowa

Preheim, Lois Thieszen, and Caroline P. Bergen. Apples for Immigrants. Aurora, NE: Blue River Publishing, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: 1874 Iowa Mennonites organize food relief train for Nebraska families

Price, Nancy. Sleeping with the Enemy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
*London: Century Hutchinson, 1987, 1986.
*New York: Berkley Publishing, 1988, 1987.
*New York: Berkley Publishing, 1991, 1987.
SETTING NOTE: Present-day Cedar Falls/Waterloo (Black Hawk County)

Proulx, E. Annie. Accordion Crimes. New York: Scribner, 1996.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1996.
*New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1996.
*London: Fourth Estate, 1996.
*New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1997, 1996.
*London: Fourth Estate, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Portion of novel features German immigrants in Iowa in early 1900s

Quick, Herbert. Aladdin & Co.: A Romance of Yankee Magic. New York: Henry Holt, 1904.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1904.
*Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1907, 1904.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1907.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1910.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Monterey County (Grundy County) in late 1800s

Quick, Herbert. Double Trouble, or, Every Hero his Own Villain. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1906.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Monterey County (Grundy County) in late 1800s

Quick, Herbert. The Hawkeye. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1923.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1923
*New York: Curtis Publishing, 1923.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1923.
*New York: Council on Books in Wartime, 1943, 1923.
NOTE: Second volume of Iowa trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Profiles Iowa farmers during 1870-1880s

Quick, Herbert. The Invisible Woman. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1924.
NOTE: Third volume of Iowa trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Profiles Iowa farmers from 1890s-1900

Quick, Herbert. Vandemark's Folly. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1921.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1922.
*New York: Curtis Publishing, 1922.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1922.
*Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1987.
NOTE: First volume of Iowa trilogy
SETTING NOTE: Profiles westward pioneers into fictional Monterey County, Iowa, ca. 1850 (Grundy County)

Rayfiel, Thomas. Colony Girl. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999.
*New York: Picador USA, 2000,1999.
SETTING NOTE: Religious cult in modern-day Iowa farming community

Rausch, Marilyn and Mary Donlon. Love Can Be Murder. Saint Cloud, MN: North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Turners Bend, Iowa: Crime writer discovers a murder while writing his novel.
NOTE: sequel to Headaches Can Be Murder

Redling, S.G. Flowertown. Las Vegas, NV: Thomas & Mercer, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Penn County town is quarantined after a chemical spill.

Rhoads, Alvaretta. Sage Leaves from Iowaland. Madrid, IA: Western Printing Co., 1911.

Rhodes, David A. The Easter House. New York: Harper and Row, 1974.
*London: Secker & Warburg, 1975, 1974.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, fictional Ontarion, Iowa

Rhodes, David. Jewelweed. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2013.
*Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2013. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wormwood, Iowa and Mason City. Main setting is southwestern Wisconsin.
NOTE: Womanís son is kidnapped by the same supernatural being she escaped from when she was a child.

Rhodes, David A. The Last Fair Deal Going Down. Boston: Little, Brown, 1972.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines and Iowa State Fair

Rhodes, David A. Rock Island Line. New York: Harper and Row, 1975.
*London: Secker and Warburg, 1975.
*Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: 1900s in Sharon Center, Iowa (Johnson County)

Rich, Virginia. The Cooking School Murders. New York: Dutton, 1982.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1982.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1983.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, fictional Harrington, Iowa (Spirit Lake area)

Rinehart, Steven. Built in a Day. New York: Doubleday, 2003.
* New York: Anchor Books, 2004. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Local references include Coralville Mall and Prairie Lights bookstore.
NOTE: Youth counselor in Iowa City experiences marital problems and sexual distractions.

Ripslinger, Jon. Missing Pieces. Kokomo, IN: Martin Brown Publishers, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Big River, Iowa (based on Burlington).
NOTE: Son tries to solve the mystery of his mother's disappearnce.

Risner, Fay. A Promise is a Promise. Lightning Source: Booksbyfay, 2009. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg and Kalona, Iowa.
NOTE: Nurse is assigned to Amish widower
NOTE: Book 1 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. The Rainbowís End. Create Space Pub. : Booksbyfay, 2010. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE: Woman must decide whether she wants to become Amish.
NOTE: Book 2 of Nurse Hal Amish series.

Risner, Fay. Halís Worldly Temptations. Create Space Pub. : Booksbyfay, 2011. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Farm near fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE: Woman marries and struggles to adjust to Amish life
NOTE: Book 3 of Nurse Hal Amish series.

Risner, Fay. As Her Name is So is Redbird. [S.l]:Booksbyfay, 2012. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE: Woman gives birth and finds abandoned baby.
NOTE: Book 4 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. Emmaís Gossamer Dreams.[S.l]: Booksbyfay, 2013. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE: Young woman must choose whether to take teaching job
NOTE: Book 5 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. The Courting Buggy.[S.l]: Booksbyfay, 2014. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE:Woman invites her family to meet her children
NOTE: Book 6 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. Doubting Thomas. [S.l]: Booksbyfay, 2014. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE: Everything goes wrong on a younbg woman's wedding day
NOTE: Book 7 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. Amish Country Arson. [S.l]: Booksbyfay, 2015. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa
NOTE: Arsonist is burning barns and injuring people in Amish community.
NOTE: Book 8 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. Second Hand Goods. [S.l]: Booksbyfay, 2016. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Wickenburg, Iowa.
NOTE: Book 9 of Nurse Hal Amish series

Risner, Fay. Neighbor Watchers. [S.l]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2008. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Locked Rock, Iowa: Retired spinster farmer snoops on a murderer.
NOTE: Book 1 of Amazing Gracie Mystery series

Risner, Fay. Specious Nephew. [S.l]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2008. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Locked Rock, Iowa
NOTE: Stranger shows up to wedding claiming to be related to a guest
NOTE: Book 2 of Amazing Gracie Mystery series

Risner, Fay. The County Seat Killer. [S.l]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2008. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Locked Rock, Iowa: Woman must testify in a murder trial.
NOTE: Book 3 of Amazing Gracie Mystery series

Risner, Fay. The Chance of a Sparrow. [S.l]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2008. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Locked Rock and Three Oaks, Iowa.
NOTE:Woman returns to farm to find neighbor missing
NOTE: Book 4 of Amazing Gracie Mystery series

Risner, Fay. Moser Mansionís Ghosts. [S.l]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2008. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Locked Rock, Iowa.
NOTE: Woman deals with a crooked contractor
NOTE: Book 5 of Amazing Gracie Mystery series

Robbins, David. The Tu-tone Desoto. DHR New Media, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Early 1960ís in fictional Hanson, Iowa: Seven teenagers come to terms with their parentsí generation.
NOTE: Book 1 of Silver Generation Series

Roberts, Eldon. Footprints. [S.I.: s.n.], 1989.

Roberts, James P. Dark Iowa, Bright Iowa. Madison, WI: White Hawk Press, 1994.
SETTING NOTE: Horror and science fiction with eleven different Iowa settings

Roberts, Lorraine Coolidge. Henersons' Mill. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 1998.
*Fullerton, CA: Densmore, Funk, & Phelps, 1997.

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004.
*Toronto: HarperCollins, 2004.
*London: Virago, 2005.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2005, 2004. [large print edition]
*Toronto: HarperPerennial Canada, 2005.
*London: Virago, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Minister of fictional Gilead, Iowa recounts life on plains

Robinson, Marilynne. Home. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2008. [large print ed.]
*Toronto: HarperCollins, 2008.
*London: Virago, 2009.
*Bath [UK]: Windsor, 2009.
*New York: Picador, 2009.
*Bath [UK]: Paragon, 2009. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Siblings return to fictional Gilead, Iowa to care for dying father

Robinson, Marilynne. Lila. Picador; 2015.
* Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2014. [Large print]
* New York: Picador: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
* Toronto, Ontario: Harper Perennial, 2015.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Gilead, Iowa: Homeless woman seeks shelter in church and marries minister.
NOTE: Book 3 of Gilead series

Rockwell, Mary Emilia. A Home in the West, or, Emigration and its Consequences. Dubuque, IA: Dubuque Express and Herald, 1858.
*Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2005.
NOTE: First novel published in Iowa {serialized by newspaper}
SETTING NOTE: New England couple become early Iowa settlers in fictional Newburg, Iowa

Roquet, Dana. Out of the Past. [S.l.]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2013. (Self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Fremont, Iowa(Mahaska County): Woman moves to town to restore family house and finds time travel portal.
NOTE: Book 1 of Heritage Time Travel Romance Series

Roquet, Dana. Into the Future. [S.l.]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2013. (Self- published)
SETTING NOTE: Fremont, Iowa (Mahaska County): Woman searches for answers to help her family
NOTE: Book 2 of Heritage Time Travel Romance Series

Roquet, Dana. Forevermore. [S.l.]: CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2014. (Self-[published)
SETTING NOTE: Fremont, Iowa (Mahaska County): Woman makes heartbreaking decision to leave her husband.
NOTE: Book 3 of Heritage Time Travel Romance Series

Roth, Karen. Found on 16th Avenue. San Antonio, TX: Watercress Press, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Coming of age story in 1930s Cedar Rapids' Czech Village (Linn County)

Roth, Philip. Letting Go. New York: Random House, 1962.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1962.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1963, 1962.
*New York: Bantam Books, 1970, 1962.
*London: Corgi, 1971, 1962.
*London: Corgi, 1974, 1962.
*London: Corgi, 1978, 1962.
*New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1982, 1962.
*Harmondsworth, England: Penguin 1984, 1962.
*New York: Fawcett Crest, 1985, 1962.
*New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991, 1961.
*New York: Vintage Books, 1997, 1962.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City/University of Iowa, fall, 1953

Rule, Edith. Little Stories of Mason City's Past, 1851-1870. Mason City, IA: [s.n.], 1928.
*Mason City, IA: [private printing], 1928.

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward



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Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

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All Authors

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Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

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Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore


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