20 Novels Set at American Universities

Catch some sun on the quad with one of these books

They say these are the best years of our lives--the last gasp of our carefree youth before adulthood and its associated responsibilities encroaches. And while, yes, campus life can be fun, it also brings with it its own set of complex issues and situations to navigate, as the authors of these novels know all too well.

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3. Wonder Boys

Michael Chabon
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4. The Rules of Attraction

Bret Easton Ellis
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6. This Side of Paradise

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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7. Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell
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8. I'll Take You There

Joyce Carol Oates
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9. Joe College

Tom Perrotta
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11. The Human Stain

Philip Roth
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12. The Big U

Neal Stephenson
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13. White Noise

Don DeLillo
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14. Stoner: A Novel

John Williams
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15. Straight Man

Richard Russo
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16. Moo

Jane Smiley
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18. The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides
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19. Invisible

Paul Auster

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