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Caramelo

Caramelo
  • Author(s): Sandra Cisneros
  • Location(s): Chicago, Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern/20th century

Every year the three Reyes sons and their families drive south from Chicago via Route 66 to the home of the Awful Grandmother and the Little Grandfather on Destiny Street in Mexico City. From the back seat of her...

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Chicago: A Novel

Chicago: A Novel
  • Author(s): Brian Doyle
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of...

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Deep Dark Night

Deep Dark Night
  • Author(s): Steph Broadribb
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood… Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their...

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Disintegration

Disintegration
  • Author(s): Richard Thomas
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2000

Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a...

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Find Me

Find Me
  • Author(s): Margaret Watson
  • Location(s): Chicago, San Juan Islands
  • Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
  • Era(s): Modern

After witnessing the murder of an FBI agent in a parking garage late one night, Lizzy Monroe meets with the FBI and agrees to work with a sketch artist. But on her way out of the office, she comes...

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Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago

Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago
  • Author(s): Douglas Cowie
  • Location(s): Chicago, Guatemala, Mexico, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s/50s

Sharp and intimate, Douglas Cowie’s reimagining of the turbulent love affair between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren asks what it means to love and be loved by the right person at the wrong time. Chicago, 1947: on a...

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Ramshackle

Ramshackle
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Reeder
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Roe is like any other fifteen year old suburban Chicago teenager. Her only worries are schoolwork, keeping up with her wayward best friend, and whether or not she should sleep with her boyfriend. Then her adoptive father, a locksmith,...

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Rico Stays (Pigeon-Blood Red #3)

Rico Stays (Pigeon-Blood Red #3)
  • Author(s): Ed Duncan
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

After enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders stepped in to protect his girlfriend from a local mob boss’s hot-headed nephew, all hell broke loose. When the smoke cleared, the nephew had vanished and three goons lay dying where they’d stood. Fighting...

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The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City
  • Author(s): Erik Larson
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): Late 1800s

The story is of Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and it is fascinating because the fair ties together the past and the future when it comes to business, politics, architecture, science and culture.

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The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door
  • Author(s): Amy Jo Cousins
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Charles “Cash” Carmichael traded his high-rise condo and family-firm career for a job coaching soccer for Chicago’s inner-city kids. He’s adjusting to living on minimum wage when his young cousin, newly out and running away from home, shows up...

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020