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The Jungle

The Jungle
  • Author(s): Upton Sinclair
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Turn of the 20th Century

Upton Sinclair’s dramatic and deeply moving story exposed the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the twentieth century and brought into sharp moral focus the appalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled...

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The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls
  • Author(s): Lauren Beukes
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Periods in the 20th Century

Chicago 1931. Harper Curtis, a violent drifter, stumbles on a house with a secret as shocking as his own twisted nature – it opens onto other times. He uses it to stalk his carefully chosen ‘shining girls’ through the...

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Airport

Airport
  • Author(s): Arthur Hailey
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Only available second hand, but still a great novel set at O’Hare aiport. It is an intense, and detailed look at a few people’s lives over a period of a few hours – airport staff, airline crews, passengers, relatives.

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Building Stories

Building Stories
  • Author(s): Chris Ware
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

In Chris Ware’s own words, ‘Building Stories follows the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: a thirty-year-old woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life: a couple who wonder if...

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Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing
  • Author(s): Roddy Doyle
  • Location(s): Chicago, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

It’s 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry Smart, on the run from Dublin, falls on his feet. He is a handsome man with a sandwich board, behind which he stashes hooch for the speakeasies...

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The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street
  • Author(s): Sandra Cisneros
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

A series of vignettes, rather than a structured novel, House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros’s semi-autobiographical account of growing up Chicana in a poor area of Chicago. Esperanza Cordero, at age eleven, has already discovered that being able...

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The Litigators

The Litigators
  • Author(s): John Grisham
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

David Zinc has it all: Big firm, big salary, life in the lawyer’s fast lane. Until the day he snaps and throws it all away. Leaving the world of corporate law far behind, he talks himself into a new...

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The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife
  • Author(s): A S A Harrison
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Era(s): Modern

A chilling psychological thriller portraying the disintegration of a relationship down to the deadliest point when murdering your husband suddenly makes perfect sense. Todd Gilbert and Jodi Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They’ve been together...

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Trust Me

Trust Me
  • Author(s): Margaret Watson
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Raine Taylor has one goal – justice for her murdered sister. She knows Genie’s husband strangled her and left her in an alley – Peter had been threatening to kill his wife for years. The police said there was...

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We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down
  • Author(s): Michael Harvey
  • Location(s): Chicago
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When a light bulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim west side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted...

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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