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BY JENNIFER LEARY  /  AUGUST 30, 2019

It’s that time of year again — the time when people travel. They visit friends and family, take a vacation, go to warmer (or cooler) climates and discover new cultures. All of these things are great, but they come with a price … traffic, crowds, airfare, gas prices, packing, unpacking, long waits and more. If you have children, then you can add even more complications. Why not take the stress out of travel by enjoying some exotic and glamourous locations from the comfort of your favorite reading spot.

Check out these great fiction novels set in some interesting places:

The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Hunting Game by Helene Tursten
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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