Iowa: A Literary Landscape 

Adult Works S-Z   
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.

Saltzman, Eleanor. Ever Tomorrow. New York: C. McCann, 1936.
SETTING NOTE: Mount Ayr, Iowa (Ringgold County)

Saltzman, Eleanor. Stuart's Hill: A Novel. New York: Bernard Ackerman, 1945.
SETTING NOTE: Mount Ayr, Iowa (Ringgold County)

Sample, Grace Gray. While She Was Sleeping. New York: Avalon Books, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Minnesota woman returns to Iowa childhood home

Sandford, John. Extreme Prey. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016.
* Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2016. [Large print])
* [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2016. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Pella,Mount Pleasant, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Atlantic, Ottumwa, and Oskaloosa, Iowa.
NOTE: Man invited to be on presidential campaign staff for governor

Savage, Tom and Sharon. The End of Time: Murder on the Mississippi. Great Britain: Mirador Publishing, 2016.
SETTING NOTE: 1921 Muscatine, Iowa: Meeting between two competing jewelers ends in murder-suicide.

Schaap, James C. In the Silence There are Ghosts: A Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Neukirk, Iowa in 1960s

Schaap, James C. Sign of a Promise; and Other Stories. Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press, 1979.
SETTING NOTE: Nineteenth century Dutch pioneers in Iowa and upper Midwest

Schinnow, Richard. Cast Away Stones. Rock Falls, IA: Shell Rock River Press, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Northern Iowa at the beginning of the 1970s farm crisis.

Schmitt, Leo Francis. The Shyster Lawyer. Cedar Rapids, IA: Leebodell Co., 1929.

Scholl, John. The Changing of the Guard, a Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1963.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional town of Omega, Iowa from 1929-1959

Schott, Sue. Eva: The Story of a Lifetime. Gaylord, MN: Heaven Sent Creations, 1999.

Schultz, Robert. The Madhouse Nudes: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: New York City couple moves to fictional Delphi, Iowa (modeled on Decorah) (Winneshiek County)

Schulze, Dallas. The Way Home. New York: Dell, 1995.

Scott, Beverly J. Righteous Revenge. Baltimore, MD: American House Book Publishing, 2001.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines twins deal with brutal murder of parents

Seilstad, Lorna. A Great Catch: A Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2011.

Seilstad, Lorna. Making Waves: A Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Woman struggles with new love in 1895 at Lake Manawa
(Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa) (Pottawattamie County)

Seilstad, Lorna. The Ride of Her Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Lake Manawa (Council Bluffs, Iowa) in 1906.

Seilstad, Lorna. When Love Calls: A Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines in 1908.

Seltz, Robert. Between the Corn Rows. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Northwestern Iowa (Webster county) farm in the mid-1930s.

Sergel, Roger L. Arlie Gelston. New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1923.

Shayne, Maggie. Out-of-This-World Marriage. New York: Silhouette Books, 1995.
*Chatswood, N.S.W.: Silhouette Books, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: Paranormal romance in modern-day, small Iowa town

Shearer, Lee. Hiding in Des Moines. Waukee, IA: L.R. Shea Publishing, Inc., 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, retired vigilanted takes on final contract stopping a Mexican drug cartel.

Shields, David. Heroes: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984.
*New York: Dell Publishing, 1988, 1984.
*Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
NOTE: University of Iowa basketball novel
SETTING NOTE: Fictional River City, Iowa (Iowa City) in 1960s-1970s

Shriver, Lionel and Dana Mendelson. Big Brother. New York: Harper, 2013.
*[New York]: HarperLuxe, 2013. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Cedar Rapids airport and fictional New Holland, Iowa.
NOTE: Woman puts her marriage on the line to help her brother

Siciliano, Sam. Blood Farm: An Iowa Gothic. New York: Pageant Books, 1988.
SETTING NOTE: Gothic/horror novel set in Iowa City, 1972

Sigmund, Jay G. The Least of These. Muscatine, IA: The Prairie Press, 1935.
SETTING NOTE: Eastern Iowa (Waubeek area), early 1900s (Linn County)

Sigmund, Jay G. The Ridge Road, Short Stories and Poems. Cedar Rapids, IA: Prairie Publishing, 1930.
SETTING NOTE: Eastern Iowa (Waubeek area), early 1900s

Sigmund, Jay G. Wapsipinicon Tales. Cedar Rapids, IA: Prairie Publishing, 1927.
SETTING NOTE: Eastern Iowa, around Waubeek (early 1900s)

Slocum, Robert Page. "Politics and Fiction: A Novel and an Essay." Diss. University of Iowa, 1982.

Smiley, Jane. At Paradise Gate: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
*New York: Washington Square Press, 1984, 1981.
*New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993,1981.
*London: Flamingo, 1995, 1981.
*New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998, 1991.
*Thorndike, ME: Center Point Publishing, 2000, 1981.
*Thorndike, ME: Center Point Publishing, 2001. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Middle-class Iowa family in modern-day, small community

Smiley, Jane. Moo. New York: Knopf, 1995.
*Toronto: Knopf Canada, 1995.
*London: Flamingo, 1995.
*Accord, MA: Wheeler Publishing, 1995. (large print ed.)
*Boston, MA: Compass Press, 1995. (large print ed.)
*New York: Ballantine, 1996, 1995.
*London: Flamingo, 1996, 1995.
*Toronto: Ballantine, 1996.
*New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1996, 1995.
*Boston: Compass Press, 1996, 1995.
*New York: Ballantine, 1998, 1995.
SETTING NOTE: "Moo University," probably Ames and ISU (Story County)

Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres. New York: Knopf, 1991.
*New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1991.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1992, 1991.[large print ed.]
*New York: Knopf, 1992.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 1992, 1991.
*London: Flamingo, 1992.
*New York: Ivy Books, Ballantine Books, 1996, 1991.
*London: Flamingo, 1998, 1992.
*New York: Ballantine Books, 2001.
*London: Harper Perennial, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Zebulon County (possibly modeled on the Ames/Des Moines area)

Smiley, Jane. Some Luck. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
*New York: Knopf, 2014. (E-book)
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2014. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: 1920-early 1950s fictional Denby, Iowa
NOTE: Family welcomes new life to family farm.
NOTE: Book 1 of Last Hundred Years trilogy

Smiley, Jane. Early Warning. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2015. [Large print]
*New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. (E-book)
*New York: Anchor Books, 2016
SETTING NOTE: 1953-1986 Iowa farm: Langdon family is at a crossroads.
NOTE: Book 2 of Last Hundred Years trilogy

Smiley, Jane. The Golden Age. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
*Waterville, Maine: Thorndike Press, 2015. [Large print]
*London: Mantle, 2015.
*Thorndike Press, 2015.
*London: Picador, 2016. (Paperback edition)
SETTING NOTE: 1987-2019 Iowa farm: Family faces challenges.
NOTE: 3rd and final book in Last Hundred Years trilogy

Sollitt, Kenneth W. Our Changing Lives: A Novel. Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books, 1986.
NOTE: (#2 of Ann of the Prairie series)
SETTING NOTE: Osceola County farming community in 1800s

Sollitt, Kenneth W. Remember the Days: A Novel. Los Angeles: Douglas-West, 1971.

Sollitt, Kenneth W. This Rough New Land: A Novel. Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books, 1985.
NOTE: (#1 of Ann of the Prairie series)
SETTING NOTE: Journey to Osceola County by farmers in the 1800s

Sollitt, Kenneth W., Lucy Bullard, and Verna Bullington. Ann of the Prairie: A Family History. Eureka, CA: Sunrise Book Publishers, 1992.
NOTE: (#5 of Ann of the Prairie series)
SETTING NOTE: Osceola County farming community in 1800s

Soule, Caroline A. White. The Pet of the Settlement: A Story of Prairie-Land. Boston: A. Thompkins, 1860.
*Boston: Tompkins and Company, 1863.
*Boston: Benton Smith, 1863.
*Boston: Benton Smith, 1867.
*Boston: A Thompkins, 1970, 1979.
NOTE: Also listed with title:
Little Alice, or the Pet of the Settlement: A Story of Prairie-Land

Speer, Ralph. The Voice of the Middlewest: A Novel. Des Moines, IA: Parable House Publishers, 1977, 1980.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines and Iowa State Fair

Spence, Hartzell. Get Thee Behind Me: My Life as a Preacher's Son. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1942.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1942.
*Toronto: G.J. McLeod, 1942.
*New York: Council on Books in Wartime, 1943, 1942.
*New York: Jarrolds, 1943.
SETTING NOTE: Denver, Iowa (Bremer County) and Riverton, Iowa (Fremont County)

Spence, Hartzell. One Foot in Heaven: The Life of a Practical Parson. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1940.
*New York: Whittlesey House, 1941, 1940.
*Harrisburg, PA: Military Service Publishing Co., 1945.
*Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1947.
*[London]: Severn House, 1975, 1940.
*Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1976.
SETTING NOTE: Denver, Iowa (Bremer County) and Riverton, Iowa (Fremont County)

Spivak, Talbot. The Bride Wore the Traditional Gold. New York: Knopf, 1972.
SETTING NOTE: Academic couple at the University of Iowa (Johnson County)

Spragg, Mark. An Unfinished Life: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 2004.
*New York: Random House, 2004. [large print ed.]
*London: Jonathan Cape, 2004.
*New York: Vintage, 2005, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Woman flees abusive Iowa life for new home in Wyoming

St John, Cheryl. Hometown Sheriff. Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Harlequin Enterprises, 2013.
* New York: Silhouette, 2002. (Nick All Night)
* Richmond: Silhouette, 2003. (Nick All Night)
* Silhouette Special Edition, 2010. (E-book of Nick All Night)
* Don Mills, Ont.: Harlequin Heartwarming, 2013. (E-book)
*Thorndike, Maine: Center Point Large Print, 2014. [Large print]
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Elmwood, Iowa: Woman returns to hometown after failed marriage and financial mess to regroup.
NOTE: Book has another title: Nick All Night.

Stansfield, Anita. A Quiet Promise. The Barrington Family Saga Series, bk.2. American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Mormon (LDS) family settles in 1800s pioneer Iowa

Stansfield, Anita. At Heaven's Door. The Barrington Family Saga Series, bk.3. American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa, Mormon (LDS) family struggles to join westward trek to Utah

Stansfield, Anita. Promise of Zion. The Barrington Family Saga series, bk.4. American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Mormon (LDS) travels from Iowa City to Salt Lake City

Stark, Stephen. The Final Appearance of America's Favorite Girl Next Door. Falls Church, VA: Geekvoodoo Books, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Celebrity returns to childhood home in Iowa after an encounter with a stalker.

Stasney, Kirsten Jacobson. Thy Father's Will. Minneapolis, MN: Kirk House, 2009.
SETTING NOTE: Wealthy businessman and patriarch attempts to save only son (Story City, Iowa) (Story County)

Steedle, Nancy. Layer of Lies: A Shelby Drake Mystery. Baltimore, MD: PublishAmerica, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Young detective becomes involved in Iowa mystery

Steel, Danielle. Leap of Faith. New York: Delacorte Press, 2001.
*New York: Random House Large Print, 2001.
*London: Bantam, 2001.
*New York: Delacorte Press, 2001. [large print ed.]
*New York: Dell Publishing, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: French heiress exiled to modern-day Iowa

Steffens, Jason M. Never on Sundays. CreateSpace Publishing Platform, 2013. (self-published)
SETTING NOTE: Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa.
NOTE: A lawyer, a baseball player, and a pastor struggle to choose the best path.

Stegner, Wallace Earle. Remembering Laughter. Boston: Little, Brown, 1937.
*New York: Dell, 1937.
*New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 1937.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm life in early 1900s

Steinbach, Meredith. Zara. New York: Ecco Press, 1982.
*Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1996, 1982.
SETTING NOTE: Follows life of Iowa female physician

Stephenson, Neal, and George Frederick. Cobweb. New York: Bantam, 1996.
*New York: Bantam, 2005.
*London: Arrow Books, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: Iraqi students perform bioterrorism research at Iowa university

Stevens, Connie. Revealing Fire. Uhrichsville, OH: Heartsong Presents, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Operating a boarding house in Willow Creek, Iowa.

Stevens, Connie. Willow Creek Brides. Uhrichsville: Barbour, 2014.
*Uhrichsville: Barbour, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Willow Creek, Iowa: Three women find hope in their new loves.
NOTE: Part of Romancing America series

Stirling, S.M.T2: The Future War. New York: HarperEntertainment, 2003
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa: People make their way to Alaska to save humanity
NOTE: Book 3 of Terminator 2 series

Stong, Philip Duffield. Blizzard. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955.
*[s.l.]: Hodder & Stoughton, 1956.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa farm, possibly near Keosauqua (Van Buren County)

Stong, Philip Duffield. Buckskin Breeches. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1937.
*London: A. Barker, 1937.
SETTING NOTE: Family settling in fictional Pittsville (Keosauqua) in 1837

Stong, Philip Duffield. Career. Harcourt, Brace, 1936.
*London: Barker, 1936.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Farmer in the Dell. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1935.
SETTING NOTE: Iowans struggle for success in Hollywood.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Forty Pounds of Gold. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951.

Stong, Philip Duffield. High Water. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1937.
SETTING NOTE: 1904 Iowa flood, possibly focused on Keosauqua area

Stong, Philip Duffield. Ivanhoe Keeler. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1939.

Stong, Philip Duffield. The Long Lane. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1939.

Stong, Philip Duffield. One Destiny. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1942.

Stong, Philip Duffield. The Princess. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1941.

Stong, Philip Duffield. The Rebellion of Lennie Barlow. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1937.
*New York: Court Book Co., 1937.
*New York: Court Book Co., 1941.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Return in August. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1953.
*[London]: Barker, 1954.

Stong, Philip Duffield. State Fair. New York: The Century, 1932.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1932.
*London: Arthur Barker, 1932.
*New York: Literary Guild, 1932.
*New York: Council on Books in Wartime, 1944, 1932.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1945.
*New York: Signet Books, 1950.
*New York: New American Library, 1950, 1932.
*New York: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1952.
*New York: Bantam, 1962, 1959.
*London: Tom Stacey, 1972, 1932.
*Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1996.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, late 1920s

Stong, Philip Duffield. Stranger's Return. Harcourt Brace, 1933.
*London: A. Barker, 1933.

Stong, Philip Duffield. The Village Tale. Harcourt Brace, 1934.

Strieber, Whitley. Billy. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1990. New York: Berkley Books, 1991, 1990. [s.l.]: Futura Publications, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Boy kidnapped from the Iowa City area (Johnson County)

Stromme, Peer O., and Inga Bredesen Norstog. Halvor. Larsen, WI: Grandview Books, 2003.
NOTE:Updated edition of 1936 translation of original Norwegian text
SETTING NOTE: Northeastern Iowa (Decorah area) (Poweshiek County)

Stromme, Peer O., and Inga Bredesen Norstog. How Halvor Became a Minister. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1936.
NOTE: First English translation of 1892-1893 Norwegian serial publication
SETTING NOTE: Norwegian immigrants and settlement in 1800s northeastern Iowa (Poweshiek County)

Stromme, Peer O., Inga Bredesen Norstog, and David T. Nelson. Halvor: A Story of Pioneer Youth. Decorah, IA: Luther College Press, 1960.
NOTE: Based on 1936 translation of 1892-1893 Norwegian serial of minister's life

SETTING NOTE: Norwegian immigrants and settlement in 1800s northeastern Iowa (Poweshiek County)

Stuart, Kimberly. Act Two: A Novel in Perfect Pitch. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: New York classical musician moves to Iowa and teaches music at a small college

Stuart, Will. Newton: An Iowa Story. [S.l.]: Xlibris Corp., 1999.

Stucker, William. Ever Westward. Burlington, IA: Delta Press, 1962.

Stuckey-French, Elizabeth. The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa and Other Stories. New York: Doubleday, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Various Iowa and Midwestern locales in 1900s

Suckow, Ruth. The Bonney Family. New York: Knopf, 1928.
*London: Jonathan Cape, 1928.
*New York: Knopf, 1933, 1928.
*New York: Court Book Co., 1941.

Suckow, Ruth. Children and Older People. New York: Knopf, 1931.

Suckow, Ruth. Cora. New York: Knopf, 1929.
*New York: Readers League of America, 1929.

Suckow, Ruth. Country People. New York: Knopf, 1924.
*New York: Knopf, 1925.
*London: J. Cape, 1926.
*New York: Arno Press, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: German farmers in 1800s northwestern Iowa (Hawarden area) (Sioux County)

Suckow, Ruth. The Folks. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1934.
*New York: Literary Guild, 1934.
*New York: Grossett & Dunlap, 1934.
*Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1992, 1934.
SETTING NOTE: Focus on small, Iowa town, early 1900s

Suckow, Ruth. Iowa Interiors: Sixteen Stories. New York: Knopf, 1926.
*New York: Arno Press, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Classic examples of Iowa farm fiction, set in early 1900s

Suckow, Ruth. The John Wood Case: A Novel. New York: Viking Press, 1950.
*New York: Viking Press, 1959.
SETTING NOTE: Follows true court case of Fairview, Iowa (Jones County)

Suckow, Ruth. The Kramer Girls. New York: Knopf, 1930.

Suckow, Ruth. New Hope. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1942.
*New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1942.
*Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1998, 1942.

Suckow, Ruth. The Odyssey of a Nice Girl. New York: Knopf, 1925.
*New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1925.
*New York: Knopf, 1926.
*New York: Knopf, 1929, 1925.
SETTING NOTE: In early 1900s, Iowa girl goes to New England for schooling

Suckow, Ruth. Some Others and Myself: Seven Stories and a Memoir. New York: Rinehart, 1952.
*Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1972, 1960.

Sullivan, Katie. Rocks, Paper, Flowers: a novel. Manning, SC: Holladay House Publishing, 2014.
* Chicago: Holladay House Publishing, 2014. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa: Sisters travel to motherís gravesite on 25th anniversary of her death.

Summitt, Rod, and Richard Edgerton. Reunion With a Killer. Oshawa, Ontario: Crystal Dreams Publishing, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Salesman returns to Iowa hometown to discover disappearance of college roommate

Sunwall, James Raymond. Marching As to War. Ph.D. diss., University of Iowa, 1962.
* Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library, 2002. (Under the title: The Keys to Nine-West)
SETTING NOTE: Many Iowa City locations.
NOTE: Veteran becomes an aide at hospital

Sutton, Gary. Oskaloosa Moon. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Oskaloosa, Iowa. Tells the story of a boy nicknamed Moon growing up.

Sweeney, Gerald F. Eagles Rising: A Novel. [s.l.]:, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Irish-American family transitions from rural Iowa to Chicago in the 1920s.
NOTE: First of seven novels in this family saga.

Taylor, John. Mysteries of the Body and the Mind. Talent, OR: Story Line Press, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: Story collection set in Iowa, Idaho, and France

Taylor, John. Presence of Things Past. Brownsville, OR: Story Line Press, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: 1950s-1960s in fictional Beaverdale, Iowa (Des Moines area)

Taylor, John. The World As It Is. Meno, AK: Cedar Hill Publications, 1998.
SETTING NOTE: 1960s-1970s in Des Moines area

Taylor, Valerie. The Girls in 3-B. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1959.
*New York: 1st Feminist Press, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Three Iowa women move to 1950s Chicago
NOTE: Reissue is part of "Femme Fatale" series of pulp fiction by women

Tecklenburg, Robert. Cold War: Murder in the Heartland. Penumbra Publishing, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Belle Plaine. Soldier returns from Korean War and becomes involved with murder investigation.

Teeter, Tim R. Swinging Bridges: A Novel. Stockton, CA: Delta Valley Press, 2005.
SETTING NOTE: Laywer defends accused murderer in fictional Hawkthorn, Iowa

Testerman, Doyce. Hidden Things. New York: Harper Voyager, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Private investigator goes to Harper's Ferry after best friend disappears while working on a case.

Thanet, Octave. SEE FRENCH, ALICE.

Thompson, Jean. The Year We Left Home. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Grenada, Iowa in the 1970s.

Throne, Robin. Her Kind: A Novel. [United States]: 918studio, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Woman compiling diary of family immigrating from England.

Tidman, Mike. "Bottomlands." Thesis. University of Northern Iowa, 1998.

Tigges, John. The Legend of Jean Marie Cardinal. Dubuque, IA: Tigges, 1976

Titus, Dan. Tales of Hackett's Creek. Sioux City, IA: Quixote Press, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa folklore collection

Tracey, Grant Annis George. Parallel Lives and the Hockey Universe. Clifton, VA: Pocol Press, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Waterloo newspaper sports columnist and small-town life
NOTE: Short story collection

Twain, Ernest Arlington. Washertown, an American Masterpiece!: Where it All Began and How I Got to Be This Way. [Philadelphia, PA]: Xlibris, 2008.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines man recounts adventures from his youth (Polk County)

Twedt, Jerry L. Land of Promise, Land of Tears. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Story of immigrant farmily farming in late 1860s Story County.

Uda, Joan. Booth Girls: a Love Story. Helena, MT: Rice Universe Publishing, 2013.
SETTING NOTE: Stories of the women at Booth Memorial Hospital in Des Moines, 1954.

Umbarger, Caren. Coming To: A Midwestern Tale.[United States]: C.S. Umbarger, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Young mother and actress in Mason City, Iowa at the start of the Great Depression.

Van Etten, Winifred. I am the Fox. Boston: Little, Brown, 1936.
*New York: Popular Library, 1991.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly set in Emmetsburg, Iowa area (Palo Alto County)

Van Vechten, Carl. The Tattooed Countess: A Romantic Novel with a Happy Ending. New York: Knopf, 1924.
*New York: A.L. Burt, 1924.
*New York: Popular Library, 1963, 1924.
*New York: AMS Press, 1981, 1924.
*Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1987.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Maple Valley, Iowa (Cedar Rapids) in 1890s

Vermillion, Mary. Death by Discount: A Mara Gilgannon Mystery. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2004.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day fictional Aldoburg, Iowa; modelled on Atlantic, Iowa. (Cass County)

Vermillion, Mary. Murder by Mascot. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2006.
SETTING NOTE: University basketball star murdered in Iowa City (Johnson County)

Vermillion, Mary. Seminal Murder. Nederland, TX: Quest Books, 2012.
SETTING NOTE: Doctor murdered at hospital lab in Iowa City.

Vogt, Linda Kay. "Amelia." Thesis. Northeast Missouri State University, 1993.

Vovak, Daniel R. Will You Run for President? Greenwich, CT: Greenwich Public Relations, 2003.
SETTING NOTE: Connecticut resident's Iowa presidential campaign

Wakefield, Dan. Home Free: A Novel. New York: Delacorte Press, 1977.
*London: Hart, Davis MacGibbon, 1977.
*New York: Dell Publishing, 1978, 1977.
*London: Panther, 1979, 1977.
SETTING NOTE: Fall, 1970 in Iowa City and at the University of Iowa

Waller, Robert James. The Bridges of Madison County. New York: Warner Books, 1992.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1993, 1992.[large print ed.]
*London: Mandarin, 1993, 1992.
*London: Heinemann, 1993.
*Bath, England: Chivers Press, 1995, 1992.[large print ed.]
*New York: Warner Books, 1997, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Madison County (Winterset area), August, 1965

Waller, Robert James. Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend. New York: Warner Books, 1993.
*Thorndike, ME: Thorndike Press, 1993. [large print ed.]
*London: Heinemann, 1994, 1993.
*New York: Warner Books, 1994, 1993.
*London: Mandarin, 1994, 1993.
*Bath, England: Chivers Press, 1995, 1993.[large print ed.]
*London: Mandarin, 1995.
*Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2008. [large print ed.]
SETTING NOTE: Cedar Bend, Iowa (modeled on Cedar Falls and UNI)

Waller, Robert James. A Thousand Country Roads: An Epilogue to the Bridges of Madison County. London: Time Warner, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Photographer returns to Madison County, Iowa in hopes of reclaiming lost love

Wallis, James Harold. The Woman He Chose. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1934.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Martinique, Iowa (Dubuque) and Chicago in 1920s

Ward, Leo R. Concerning Mary Ann. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1950.

Ward, Leo R. Holding up the Hills: The Biography of a Neighborhood. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1941.

Warfield, Teresa. Country Sunshine. New York: Diamond Books, 1994.

Warfield, Teresa. Heaven Made. New York: Jove Books, 1995.

Warner, Martena. Lights in a Black Forest. [United States: the author], 2011.
SETTING NOTE: Set in fictional town. Man remembers life in Iowa and childhood in Germany.

Waters, Dan. That's Life in the Big Ten. New York: ToExel, 1999.
*[S.l.]: iUniverse, 2000.
SETTING NOTE: Former University of Iowa athlete returns for sports banquet

Watzke, Beth. "Heel Spurs." Diss. Florida State University, 2000.

Wearin, Otha D. Uncle Henry. Hastings, IA: Grasslands Press, 1980.
SETTING NOTE: Hastings, Iowa in early 1900s (Mills County)

Weaver, Ruthann. The Learning. Harrisonburg, VA: Neil Beery, 2008, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Daughter of 1800s Mennonite family moves from Pennsylvania to Iowa
NOTE: Title also known as "The Learning: Love Beyond a Lifetime"

Weide, Julie. Ida, Beyond the Devil's Door. [s.l]: Endless Prairie Press, 1999.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa Amish woman shunned for modern habits

Weir, Hugh C. The Young Wheat Scout: Being the Story of the Growth, Harvesting, and Distribution of the Great Wheat Crop of the United States. Boston: W.A. Wilde, 1915.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional Grand Forks, Iowa and Chicago area in early 1900s

Weir, Theresa. American Dreamer. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1997.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day, fictional farming town of Elizabeth, Iowa

Weir, Theresa. One Fine Day. New York: Bantam Books, 1994.

Welt, Elly. Berlin Wild. New York: Viking, 1986.
*New York: Fontana, 1987.
*New York: New American Library, 1988.

Welt, Elly. Joanna Reddinghood: A Novel. New York: Random House, 1980.
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Iowa City/University of Iowa Hospitals

Weverka, Robert. The Story of Bill. New York: Bantam Books, 1983.
SETTING NOTE: Profile of Iowa City business owner, 1940s-1980s

White, Beatrice L. Bliss. Mary Vowell Adams: Reluctant Pioneer: One Woman -- Without Rights-- Caught in the Wave of an Historic Migration. Myrtle Creek, OR: Mail Printers, 1972.
*Forest Grove, OR: Meredith L. Bliss, 1992.

White, Michael J. Weeping Underwater Looks a Lot Like Laughter. New York: Putnam's Sons, 2010.
SETTING NOTE: Teen boy relocates to Des Moines and becomes friends with local family whose youngest daughter has multiple sclerosis (MS) (Polk County)

Williams, Ben Ames. It's a Free Country. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1945.
*Garden City, NY: Dial Press, 1947.
*New York: Popular Library, 1951.
*New York: Belmont Books, 1970.
*New York: Belmont Tower Books, 1974.
*NOTE: Also titled
Crucible; It's a Free Country

Willson, Meredith. The Music Man: A Novel. New York: Pyramid Books, 1962.
SETTING NOTE: Fictional River City, Iowa (Mason City) in 1912

Willson, Meredith. Who Did What to Fedalia? Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1952.

Willson, Meredith, and Franklin Lacey. The Music Man. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1958.
*New York: Music Theater International, 1958.
*New York: Hart Stenographic Bureau, 1958.
*London: Frank Music, 1962.
NOTE: Libretto of musical
SETTING NOTE: Fictional River City, Iowa (Mason City) in 1912

Wilson, Jennifer. Water: a novel. Des Moines, IA: RAYGUN, 2016.
SETTING NOTE: Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa reporter investigates water pollution.

Wilson, Margaret. The Able McLaughlins. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1923.
*New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923.
*New York: Windsor, 1923.
*New York: Avon Books, 1960, 1969.
*Dunwoody, GA: Norman S. Berg, 1975, 1923.
*Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1977.
*Atlanta, GA: Cherokee Publishing, 1990, 1951.
SETTING NOTE: Scottish immigrants in eastern Iowa, ca. 1865 (Traer area) (Tama County)

Wilson, Margaret. The Law and the McLaughlins. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1936.
*Garden City, NY: Sun Dial Press, 1937.
NOTE: Sequel to
The Able McLaughlins
SETTING NOTE: Scottish immigrants in eastern Iowa, late 1800s

Wingert, Lynn R. Dead on My Feet: A Claire Maxwell Mystery. Falls Church, VA: Writers Club Press, 1998.
NOTE: First title in Claire Maxwell series
SETTING NOTE: Modern-day Wesley, Iowa (Kossuth County)

Witmer, Esther Mae. Prairie Courage: a story from May City, Iowa. Romulus, NY: Marvin & Esther Mae Witmer, 2010.
* Crockett, KY.: Rod and Staff Publishers, 2011.
SETTING NOTE: 1850ís Mennonite pioneers from May City, Iowa

Welt, Elly. Berlin Wild. New York, N.Y: Viking, 1986.
* New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Viking, 1986. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Jewish survivor becomes anesthesiologist at University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1967.

Wojnar, Frances Bries and Elizabeth Link Leitgen. Eliza, an Iowa Pioneer. [S.l.]: Amethyst Press of California, 1991.

Wishman, June. The Farmer's Daughter, a.k.a. the Brat: Stories with a Rural Twist. Sioux City, IA: Story Magic, 2002.
SETTING NOTE: Tales of farm life in Sioux City area

Wright, Vinita Hampton. Dwelling Places: A Novel. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.
*New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa family is traumatized over decision to end farming (fictional Beulah, Iowa)

Yates, Richard. The Easter Parade. New York: Delacorte Press, 1976.
*New York: Delacorte Press, 1976. (E-book)
SETTING NOTE: Iowa City, University of Iowa, and Writerís Workshop.
NOTE:Two sisters mature over four decades

Yoseloff, Martin. What Are Little Girls Made of. South Brunswick [N.J.]: A.S. Barnes, 1979.
*South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1979.
SETTING NOTE: Iowa University and Cedar Rapids.

Yoseloff, Martin. The Family Members. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
SETTING NOTE: Probably set in Mason City area (Cerro Gordo County)

Yoseloff, Martin. The Girl in the Spike-Heeled Shoes: A Novel. New York: Popular Library, 1954.
SETTING NOTE: Possibly set in Mason City area

Yoseloff, Martin. No Greener Meadows. New York: Beechhurst Press, 1946.
*New York: Jewish Book Guild of America, 1946.
*New York: Beechhurst Press, 1947, 1946.
SETTING NOTE: Mason City, Iowa in 1920s

Young Bear, Ray A. Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1992.
*New York: Grove Press, 1997, 1992.
SETTING NOTE: Meskawki Tribal Settlement (Tama area) in 1950s (Tama County)

Young Bear, Ray A. Remnants of the First Earth. New York: Grove Press, 1996.
*New York: Grove Press, 1998, 1996.
SETTING NOTE: Meskawki Tribal Settlement (Tama area) in 1950s-1960s

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