The Greatest "Rhode Island" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 313 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Witches Of Eastwick by John Updike

    In a quaint Rhode Island town, three divorced women discover their shared supernatural abilities and form a coven of witches. Their lives are upended with the arrival of a mysterious and charismatic stranger who seduces each of them, stoking their powers and ambitions. As the women navigate their complex relationships with this man and each other, they confront the conservative mores of their community, leading to a series of conflicts and transformations that challenge their notions of female independence and power. The novel explores themes of sexuality, feminism, and the dynamics of social conformity through the lens of magical realism.

    The 3387th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder

    Set in the 1920s in the fictional town of Newport, Rhode Island, this novel follows the adventures of a young and idealistic Theophilus North, who arrives with the aim of experiencing life to its fullest. Armed with a keen intellect, a charming personality, and a modest background, North takes on various roles—from tennis instructor to reader for the elderly—each offering him unique insights into the lives of the town's residents across different social strata. Through his interactions, North becomes a catalyst for change and self-discovery among those he encounters, all the while embarking on his own journey of personal growth and understanding the complexities of human nature. The narrative weaves a rich tapestry of characters and stories, reflecting on themes of class, friendship, and the pursuit of happiness.

    The 4084th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Summer by Edith Wharton

    "Summer" is a novel that explores the life of Charity Royall, a young woman living in a small New England town. Raised by a guardian from whom she seeks independence, Charity falls in love with Lucius Harney, an architect visiting from the city. Their romance exposes her to new experiences and emotions, but also leads to conflict and difficult choices. The novel delves into themes of sexual awakening, social class, and personal freedom, capturing the complexities of a young woman's transition into adulthood against the backdrop of a rigid society.

    The 7652nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    This novel explores the complex dynamics of a family dealing with a daughter's chronic illness. Born as a genetic match to help her older sister fight leukemia through countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots, the younger sibling starts to question her own autonomy and the life that has been chosen for her. As she seeks medical emancipation, the family is forced to confront ethical dilemmas, the bounds of parental love, and the meaning of sisterhood. The story unfolds through multiple perspectives, offering a deep dive into the emotional and moral complexities of using one child's body to save another's life, ultimately challenging the reader to ponder where sacrifices for loved ones should have their limits.

    The 8408th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Spartina by John Casey

    The novel follows the life of a Rhode Island fisherman who is struggling to make ends meet and is determined to finish building his boat, Spartina. The protagonist is deeply connected to the sea and the coastal life, but is also frustrated by his poverty and the wealthy summer residents who seem to take over his town. His life becomes even more complicated when he starts an affair with a younger woman, further straining his relationship with his family. The story is a deep exploration of the protagonist's character, his struggles, and his relationship with the sea.

    The 8428th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

    The book chronicles the divergent paths of two Bengali brothers whose lives are marked by a tragic event during the tumultuous 1960s in Kolkata. The younger brother becomes involved in the Naxalite movement, leading to his untimely death, while the elder brother, a scientist, migrates to America, carrying the weight of grief and responsibility. The narrative spans across generations, exploring the themes of political activism, family ties, and the immigrant experience as it delves into the enduring effects of loss and the search for identity amidst the crosscurrents of history and culture.

    The 9163rd Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Winner Of The National Book Award by Jincy Willett

    The novel is a darkly comic exploration of the complexities of sibling rivalry and human relationships, centered around twin sisters, Abigail and Dorcas Mather. Despite their shared beginnings, the sisters' lives take divergent paths: Abigail becomes a reclusive writer, while Dorcas enjoys a more flamboyant lifestyle. Their bond is tested by a series of tragic and absurd events, including a murder at a family reunion. The story delves into themes of love, jealousy, and the search for personal identity, all while showcasing the protagonist's sharp wit and keen observations of the eccentric characters that surround her.

    The 9659th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

    "Three Women" is a non-fiction book that delves into the intimate and complex lives of three American women and their experiences with desire and relationships. Through extensive interviews and research, the narrative explores the emotional and sexual trials and tribulations faced by each woman, highlighting their struggles with love, infidelity, power dynamics, and societal expectations. The book provides a raw and revealing look at the intricacies of female desire and the ways in which these women navigate their lives amidst personal and external challenges.

    The 10244th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Finding Me by Viola Davis

    In this deeply personal memoir, a renowned actress shares her journey from a challenging childhood marked by poverty and family dysfunction to her ascent as one of the most respected and acclaimed talents in Hollywood. She candidly recounts her struggles with self-esteem, her experiences with racism and sexism in the entertainment industry, and her relentless pursuit of authenticity both on and off the screen. Through her story, she offers an inspiring testament to the power of resilience, the importance of owning one's story, and the transformative act of finding and asserting one's voice amidst adversity.

    The 10295th Greatest Book of All Time

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