The Wonderful World of Fictional Settings: Background information when reading Enon

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Enon by Paul Harding
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    Sep 2013, 256 pages
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    Jul 2014, 256 pages

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The Wonderful World of Fictional Settings

In Enon (as in his 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tinkers), Paul Harding constructs and describes the fictional New England town of Enon, complete with a chronicling of its multi-generational history, descriptions of its homes, woods and native plants, and stories of those buried in its cemetery.

Generally speaking, the setting of a story helps locate the culture, mindset, and mood of a book; it guides readers' emotions, allows them to form expectations for characters' behaviors, identifies whether they fit in, and places them in time and space. When writers create fictional settings – whether made-up towns in familiar places, or fantastical worlds we never dreamed possible – they have the ability to manipulate everything around them and dive deep into their creative wells, which makes for some great storytelling.

JRR Tolkien's Middle EarthPerhaps one of the most famous literary settings is J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth (featured in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The ...

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