2010-01-07 / Local & State

Many Novels Found A Home In Western Pa. In 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) – It was a novel year for Pittsburgh and other parts of western Pennsylvania.

No fewer than 25 novels published in 2009 were based wholly or partially in the region.

John Grisham’s novel, “The Associate,’’ spends time at Duquesne University.

“American Rust’’ by Philipp Meyer, is set in the fictional Mon Valley mill town of Buell, Fayette County.

The valley is also the locale for Keith Donohue’s fantasy, “Angels of Destruction.’’

“Allegheny Hopes’’ by Janice A. Thompson stars Brianna, a Pittsburgh woman who hates football but falls for a young quarterback.

And Sue Corbett published a children’s book about the region, “The Last Newspaper Boy in America.’’

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