I really like when fiction authors include animals and nature in their stories. I don’t mean when animals or trees talk, though. I’m talking about when nature has a strong influence on the story and its characters. Sometimes it’s just the setting that affects the characters, like Jane Harper’s use of a drought in The Dry. Or how Delia Owens uses the marsh to drive the story in Where the Crawdads Sing. Other books have a lot of other things going on, like in Life After Life and A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, but nature’s influence is still prominent. Here are links to these and a few other fiction books that fit into this category.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
And here are some great nonfiction books about nature and animals. They leave me feeling a strong connection between humans and nature.
Do you like books that include nature and animals? Can you add to this list?
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