Want to get lost in a good book set right here in Westchester? Check out the following.
|The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison
This bestselling pre-teen series describes the trials and tribulations of middle-school girls at Westchester’s fictional Octavian Country Day School. While she may live in New York City, Harrison has the overly privileged suburban lifestyle down pat.
|Home School by Charles Webb
(Thomas Dunne Books, 2008)
Charles Webb’s sequel to his bestselling 1960s novel The Graduate answers that all-important question: whatever happened to Ben and Elaine after they fled the wedding? The author, a former Hastings resident, reveals that the two have settled down right here to raise a family. The sequel opens with the couple fighting the Westchester School Board over homeschooling their sons.
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|Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen (St Martin’s Press, 2007)
In a charismatic retelling of Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, Cohen adapts classic Victorian literature to life in Westchester. From the crazed college admissions process to resumé-boosting extracurriculars, Cohen, a New Jersey resident, portrays county life with uncanny accuracy.
|Westchester Burning: A Portrait of a Marriage by Amine Wefali (The Dial Press, 2003)
Amine Wefali’s forthright memoir bluntly describes the collapse of her 30-year marriage. Set in her hometown of Chappaqua, Wefali’s married life features multiple mansions, private schools, fine cars, and lavish getaways, all of which may still ring a bell for some Westchester residents.
|Where It Lies by K.J. Egan (Minotaur Books, 2009)
The gumshoe in this whodunit doesn’t pound the pavement looking for clues—she hits the links. The heroine, a resident of Poningo (a stand-in for Rye), is an assistant pro at the Harbor Terrace County Club (based on Rye Golf Club) who’s out to prove a groundskeeper’s death wasn’t suicide. Still a golfer, she qualifies for the U.S. Open at the Westchester Country Club, as well as visits the Greenwood Union Cemetery and Oakland Beach.