Catskills lit

At Lit Hub, Jay Baron Nicorvo compiles a list of nine novels "that helped to establish the Catskills as a setting worthy of lasting American literature."

This got us thinking about a reading list of Albany or Capital Region books...

[Lit Hub]

(Thanks, Darren)


I'd add to the Catskill lit. list Herman Wouk's 1955 novel "Marjorie Morningstar (later made into a film with Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly). Marjorie (Morgenstern) Morningstar is an aspiring actress who gets a job performing at a Catskill resort.* I can't remember how large a part the Catskill setting takes up in this 500+ novel, but it's big enough to be memorable.

*In the book the resort is in the Catskills. For some reason the movie put the resort in the Adirondacks.

The list is missing "The Wangs vs the World" by Jade Chang. The big sister in the novel escapes to the Catskills after a nyc art world faux pas. The novel is more about first generation crazy family dynamics across the country and globe than the Catskills, but entertaining notetheless.

Maybe a good summer read?

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