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Wisconsin Fiction Authors

A selection of titles by and longer list of fiction authors who were born or have lived in Wisconsin for a significant period of time, whose books you can find in the Madison Public Library collection.

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Selected Titles

Cover of The Grief in Stones

In The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison returns to the world of The Goblin Emperor with a direct sequel to The Witness For The Dead... Celehar's life as the Witness for the Dead of Amalo grows less isolated as his circle of friends grows larger. He has been given an apprentice to teach, and he has stumbled over a scandal of the city-the foundling girls. Orphans with no family to claim them and no funds to buy an apprenticeship. Foundling boys go to the Prelacies; foundling girls are sold into service, or worse. At once touching and shattering, Celehar's witnessing for one of these girls will lead him into the depths of his own losses. The love of his friends will lead him out again.

Available to download: eBook

Cover of Homeland Elegies

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. From the author of American Dervish and the Pulitzer-prize winning Disgraced. Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of When I'm Gone, Look for Me

As their country stretches before them, questions of the immortal soul, along with more earthly matters of love, sex, and brotherhood, haunt the twins, who can hear each other's thoughts. Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? When I'm Gone is a stunningly far-flung examination of our individual struggle to retain faith and discover meaning in a fast-changing world, and a paean to Buddhist acceptance of what simply is.

Available to download: eBook

Cover of Tufa Novels: The Hum and t

Beginning with the Hum and the Shiver and concluding with the The Fairies of Sadieville, Bledsoe’s series of 6 books introduces the Tufa, a people whose roots are deep in the Smoky Mountains and whose powers lie in their music. Available to download: ebook and audio

Cover of Blue Lake
Jeffrey D

Full of intrigue, passion, and suspense, Blue Lake sets the stage for a thrilling mystery set against the rich beauty of black spruces, white pines, and austere Upper Midwest lakes. This is a compelling and richly layered story about nature and our place within it that lands with rare emotional depth.

Available to download: eBook

Cover of Godspeed

In this riveting new novel by the bestselling and award-winning author of Shotgun Lovesongs, three troubled construction workers get entangled in a dangerous plan to finish building a home against an impossible deadline. Available to download: eBook Audio



Cover of The Family Chao
Lan Samantha

Brimming with heartbreak, comedy, and suspense, The Family Chao offers a kaleidoscopic, highly entertaining portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with the dark undercurrents of a seemingly pleasant small town.

Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of Shoulder Season

From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose-and gain-when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Christina Clancy's Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart. Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of The Splendor Before the Da

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned. But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero's complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace--and the politicians... Follow-up to The Confessions of Young Nero.

Cover of South of Luck

It's the summer of 1945, and sixteen-year-old ruffian Milo Egerson has been shipped from his Minneapolis home to his great-uncle Ham's farm in rural northwestern Wisconsin. Though his mother puts on a smile and says it'll do him good to be out in nature, they both know otherwise. Milo's stepfather, the one who gave him that jagged scar, is set to be released from Stillwater Prison soon and has already promised to finish what he started. Hoping there are enough miles between the Twin Cities and dusty Milltown, Milo sets about trying to make the most of life without running water and electricity while trying to better understand his own place in the world and what it all means. His tough-guy act softens as he blends into the community and befriends an endearing group of small-town folks. And that's lucky for him, because to stay safe, he's going to need all the help he can get. Available to download: eBook

Cover of A Raisin in the Sun

Award-winning playwright Lorraine Hansberry briefly attended the University of Wisconsin Madison in the late 1940’s. Her classic, A Raisin in the Sun, was ground-breaking in 1959 for its portrayal of a Black family on the south side of Chicago, and tackled issues of feminism and racial struggle during the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of Wherever the Wind Takes Us

There are seventeen hundred miles between Maine and Miami, but the journey Becca's on can't be charted on any map. And the only way to get there is to hoist the sails and throw caution to the wind. From the bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler comes a sparkling novel about mothers and daughters, change and escape, and learning to love again.

Cover of Love Changes

Madison author Sherry Lucille’s trilogy explores issues of love and interracial relationships in 1950’s & 60’s Chicago. The series includes Love Changes, Love Dreams, and Love Promises.

Cover of The Philosopher’s Flight

A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher’s Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art. Book 1 of The Philosopher's Series. Available to download: eBook Audio


Cover of The Good Son

When her son is released from prison after serving time for the negligent homicide of his girlfriend, Thea is committed to helping him make amends until attempts on their lives are made, leading her to believe that those who are threatening them have something to hide. Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of Milk Blood Heat
Dantiel W.

Set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, each story in Milk Blood Heat delves into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women, and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning. These intimate portraits of people and relationships scour and soothe and blast a light on the nature of family, faith, forgiveness, consumption, and what we may, or may not, owe one another. Wise and subversive, spiritual and seductive, Milk Blood Heat forms an ouroboros of stories that bewitch with their truth, announcing the arrival of a bright new literary star. Available to download: eBook

Cover of Danger on the Atlantic
Erica Ruth

For young American widow Jane Wunderly, there are worse fates than adventuring aboard a transatlantic liner with the only man who could change her mind about romance. Unfortunately, her first-class itinerary has an unexpected--and deadly--addition waiting just below deck. Facing two dangerous mysteries and a boat load of suspects, Jane must navigate a claustrophobic quest for answers before the culprits can slip from her grasp on land... or, worse, ensure she and Redvers never reach their destination.

Available to download: Audio

Cover of The Runaway

War veteran Peter Ash is driving through northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Never one to abandon someone in distress, Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman's vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail. The pregnant woman has seen something she was never meant to see... but protecting her might prove to be more than Peter can handle. In order to save the woman and himself, Peter must use everything he has learned during his time as a Marine, including his knowledge of human nature, in order to escape a ruthless killer with instincts and skills that match - and perhaps exceed - Peter's own. Seventh in the series of Peter Ash novels. Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of A Student of History

Rick Nagano is a graduate student in the history department at USC, struggling to make rent on his South Los Angeles apartment near the neighborhood where his family once lived. When he lands a job as a research assistant for the elderly Mrs. W--, the heir to an oil fortune, he sees it first simply as a source of extra cash. But as he grows closer to the iconoclastic, charming, and feisty Mrs. W--, he gets drawn into a world of privilege and wealth far different from his racially mixed, blue-collar beginnings.

Cover of Bonnie: A Novel

Born in a small town in the desolate reaches of western Texas and shaped by her girlhood in an industrial wasteland on the outskirts of Dallas, Bonnie Parker was a natural performer and a star student. But her dramatic nature, contorted by her limited opportunities and her overwhelming love for Clyde Barrow, pushed her into a course from which there was no escape but death. Infusing the psychological acuity of literary fiction with the relentless pacing of a thriller, the novel follows Bonnie from her bright, promising youth to her final month of shoot-outs, kidnappings, and desperate car chases through America's hinterland in the grip of the Great Depression, as the noose of the law tightened around her.

Cover of This Time Tomorrow

What if you could take a vacation to your past, without the filter of memory? With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story - about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child. Available to download: eBook Audio

Cover of Siren Queen

From award-winning author Nghi Vo comes a dazzling new novel where immortality is just a casting call away. Siren Queen offers up an enthralling exploration of an outsider achieving stardom on her own terms, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the silver screen illuminates every page.

Available to download: eBook Audio

List of Authors

  • Addison, Katherine
  • Akhtar, Ayad
  • Akins, Ellen
  • Amos, Beth (also writes as Annelise Ryan and Allyson K. Abbott)
  • Ansay, A. Manette
  • Baker, Deb
  • Bakopoulos, Dean
  • Barry, Quan
  • Bebow-Reinhard, Monette
  • Benjamin, Chloe
  • Benjamin, David
  • Bergland, Martha
  • Bledsoe, Alex
  • Blei, Norbert
  • Bloch, Robert
  • Boeshaar, Andrea
  • Bogdan, D.L.
  • Boldt, Jeffrey D.
  • Bowen, Michael
  • Brafman, Michelle
  • Briggs, Hazel
  • Brown, Rebecca
  • Buchholz, Benjamin​
  • Butler, Nickolas
  • Callanan, Liam
  • Campbell, R.R.
  • Celello, Erin
  • Chang, Lan Samantha
  • Cherry, Kelly
  • Chiaverini, Jennifer
  • Clancy, Christina
  • Cook, Marshall
  • Cote, Lyn
  • Daly, Maureen
  • Derleth, August
  • DeSmet, Christine
  • Devita, James
  • De Weese, Gene
  • Dopp, Peggy
  • Dorner, Marjorie
  • Draine, Betsy
  • Ellis, Mel
  • Engberg, Susan
  • Enright, Elizabeth
  • Ernst, Kathleen
  • Eunson, Dale
  • Ferber, Edna
  • Fink, Chris
  • Finney, Jack
  • Fromm, Pete
  • Frucht, Abby
  • Gaiman, Neil
  • Gale, Zona
  • Galligan, John
  • Gard, Robert
  • Garland, Hamlin
  • Garvin, Ann Wertz
  • George, Margaret
  • Giorgio, Kathie
  • Gloss, Susan
  • Griffin, Neal
  • Guhl, Jim
  • Hamilton, Jane
  • Handeland, Lori
  • Hansberry, Lorraine
  • Harms, Kelly
  • Harris, Shaun
  • Hinden, Michael
  • Houston, Victoria
  • Hribal, C.J.
  • Hunnicutt, Ellen
  • Hunter, Maddy
  • Kagen, Leslie
  • Kercheval, Jesse Lee
  • Kittredge, Mary
  • Knipfel, Jim
  • Kring, Sandra
  • Kubly, Herbert
  • Kushner, Dale
  • Laken, Valerie
  • Landers, Gunnard
  • Logan, Ben
  • Lucille, Sherry
  • Magnuson, Mike
  • McLain, Paula
  • Meadows, Rae
  • Melby, Becky
  • Merrill, Christine
  • Miller, Tom
  • Mitchard, Jacquelyn
  • Mitchell, Judith Claire
  • Monette, Sarah (also writes as Katherine Addison)
  • Moniz, Dantiel W
  • Moore, Lorrie
  • Mori, Kyoko
  • Nania, Jeff
  • Neubauer, Erica Ruth
  • North, Sterling
  • Olds, Bruce
  • Olsen, Theodore V.
  • Olson, Melissa F.
  • Owens, Rex
  • Page, Jean Reynolds
  • Perry, Michael
  • Pesetsky, Bette
  • Peterson, Jerry A.
  • Petrie, Nicholas
  • Phillips, Larry
  • Rasmussen, Rebecca
  • Renz, Gregory
  • Revoyr, Nina
  • Rhodes, David
  • Ribar, Joy
  • Rice, Craig (born Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig)
  • Ridley, John
  • Rothfuss, Patrick
  • Ruchti, Cynthia
  • Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
  • Russell, Kara Lynn
  • Sanna, Lucy
  • Savage, Sam
  • Schwandt, Stephen
  • Schwarz, Christina
  • Sebold, Alice
  • Sharp, Paula
  • Sharpe, Isabel
  • Simak, Clifford
  • Simpson, Mona
  • Skalka, Patricia
  • Sparkman, Catrina
  • Steuber, William
  • Straub, Emma
  • Straub, Peter
  • Suhr, Kim
  • Swanson, Cynthia
  • Thalasinos, Andrea
  • Toomer, Jean
  • Vo, Nghi
  • Vreeland, Susan
  • Vukelich, George
  • Watson, Larry
  • Wescott, Glenway
  • Wick, Lori
  • Wilder, Thornton
  • Wildgen, Michelle
  • Wroblewski, David

updated ls 7/23/20