San Francisco Bay Area Fiction
Fiction featuring the San Francisco Bay Area.

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1 The Joy Luck Club
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2 Tales of the City (Tales of...
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3 China Blues
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4 The Maltese Falcon
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5 A Heartbreaking Work of Sta...
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6 Trout Fishing In America
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7 Mark Twain's San Francisco
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8 More Tales of the City (Tal...
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9 Doppelganger Experiment
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10 Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love...
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11 Revenge of the Lawn / The A...
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12 Further Tales of the City (...
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13 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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14 North Beach Girl
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14 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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16 The Subterraneans
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17 Big Sur
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18 The Confessions of Max Tivoli
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19 The Hundred Secret Senses
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20 Complete Novels
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21 House of Sand and Fog
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22 The Abortion: An Historical...
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23 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book...
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24 McTeague
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25 The Spectator Bird
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25 Once A Thief
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27 The Crying of Lot 49
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28 The Golden Gate
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29 The Witching Hour (Lives of...
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30 The Dharma Bums
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31 Mieradome
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31 Eleven Sundays
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33 alt.punk
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34 The Spellman Files (The Spe...
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35 Fine Things
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36 Little Brother (Little Brot...
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36 China Boy
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38 Once a Thief
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38 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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40 John Barleycorn: Alcoholic ...
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41 The Kitchen God's Wife
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42 The Bonesetter's Daughter
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42 Babycakes (Tales of the Cit...
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44 Significant Others
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45 Sure of You (Tales of the C...
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46 Dream of Me
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46 Crossroads (Crossroads Saga...
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46 On the Back of the Beast
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46 The Royal Family
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50 Amazing Grace
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50 San Francisco Noir
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52 Crooked Little Heart
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53 The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop...
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53 The IHOP Papers
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55 The Art of Detection (Kate ...
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56 Slave to Sensation (Psy-Cha...
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56 Visions of Heat (Psy-Change...
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56 Caressed by Ice (Psy-Change...
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56 Mine to Possess (Psy-Change...
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56 Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Ch...
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56 Branded by Fire (Psy-Change...
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56 By the Great Horn Spoon!
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56 Rosie
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64 The Monk Downstairs
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65 Hard Laughter
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66 Virtual Light (Bridge, #1)
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66 A Race to Splendor
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68 Crime Stories and Other Wri...
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68 All New People
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70 The Serial (Picador Books)
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70 Stardust
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70 Frog Music
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73 Joe Jones
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74 Shakedown
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74 Martin Eden
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76 A Shooting Star
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77 Imperfect Birds
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78 Michael Tolliver Lives (Tal...
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79 Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales o...
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80 PaperQuake: A Puzzle
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81 The Puzzle of the Paper Dau...
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82 The Blossom Festival: (A No...
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82 Shifty
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82 Blood Engines (Marla Mason,...
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82 The Creamsickle
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82 Homeboy
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82 Chainbreaker
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82 Rumors of Peace
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82 O Ano do Nevoeiro
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82 How to Beg for Cigarettes
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82 We're Not Here
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82 The Cookbook Collector
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82 Imperfect Solitude
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82 Closing the Circle
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82 Ambrose Bierce and the Quee...
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82 The Devil's Interval
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82 A City Tossed and Broken: T...
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82 Reverb
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82 A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)
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82 Stockings Required: Tales o...
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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim add Laurie King's Locked Rooms and Dick Lupoffs' Linsey/Plum mysteries


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I don't know bless-all about the entire West Coast....Where is Venice West ? Surely some Gay lit titles belong in here......Hey ! What was that movie with Keanu Reaves (sp?) etc., with people living in apartments in/on the Bay Bridge in a hardscabble future....Was it a William Gibson title as a book ? Ohhhh ! (Just blogging on the fly here) What about that early graphic hardcover, Serial ? Martin Mull starred in the movie....All about Marin County types...fern bars and free love. A late late 60s critique.


message 3: by Jim (new)

Jim since you mention it Thom, The Serial should be there nobody in Mill Valley knew they were supposed to have peacock feathers until the book came out.


message 4: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thom wrote: "I don't know bless-all about the entire West Coast....Where is Venice West ? Surely some Gay lit titles belong in here......Hey ! What was that movie with Keanu Reaves (sp?) etc., with people livin..."

Johnny Mnemonic? I saw it years ago but forgot the setting.


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I cheated a little and added "Oh the Glory of it All", which is actually a memoir. Fairly entertaining. Rich, neglected kid in SF. Danielle Steel is somehow related to him by marriage, or something.

I'm having trouble thinking of anything else.


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim some of philip k. dick's work takes place in the bay area.


message 7: by Leiris (new)

Leiris Vollmann's Rainbow Stories is a great one with a lot of stories taking place in SF.


message 8: by Marybeth (new)

Marybeth Also the novel Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Loved this book, and it is set in the 19th century so it gives an idea of historical San Francisco which is really interesting.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Removed Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Spam. Set in L.A./Southern California.


message 10: by Meghan (new)

Meghan The Princess Diaries is set in New York. It's the movie that is set in San Francisco.


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