10 of the Best Depictions of Suburbia in Literature

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Ah, the suburbs. Their playgrounds are great to goof around in, their basements are superb places for 16-year-olds to French kiss and drink vodka-Gatorades, and their cul-de-sacs are ideal for child-rearing. For many folks, though, the endless rows of white fences and lawn sprinklers are a total hellscape — a metaphorical prison and an insufferable reminder of their own dwindling individualism. (Or so I’m told; I kinda liked drinking vodka-Gatorades in the rec room.) Either way, the suburbs are a breeding ground for some of the most poignant and unsettling books ever written, and these are 10 of the very best.

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