Getting the Story: Six Novels Featuring Journalists

Writers like to write about writers, and these six novelists are no exception. From a disgraced magazine editor looking to rehabilitate his reputation to a rookie cub trying to break a dangerous story, these intrepid journalists take center stage here—whether they find themselves creating the action or chasing it.

Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

Desperate for a big story, Rose Blakely is willing to do anything to get one. When a series of strange, increasingly dangerous events begins to occur in her town, Rose is there, ready to get the scoop. Keeping the story in the headlines is her main goal, even when the line between fact and fiction begin to blur.

The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

In the wake of a series of brutal attacks on young women, Evie Jones, a rookie journalist on the crime beat, must face her own past as she takes on the job of reporting the crimes. But as Evie seems to move closer and closer to the truth, the danger seems to move closer and closer to home.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In 1962 Mississippi, a young white graduate is looking for a story to get her noticed, and though racial injustice is everywhere, it is to the black women taking care of white families and raising their children that Skeeter goes for a story that has yet to be told.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

With a protagonist as compelling as the notorious Lisbeth Salander on the page, we almost forget that the entire story in the Millennium series was launched from the wreckage of a journalist’s career. But magazine editor Mikael Blomkvist knows that getting the story can mean taking risks, even if it puts his heart and his life in jeopardy.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

In Rome, a motley crew of international journalists work together on an English newspaper—some more closely than others. In a rapidly changing environment, the ability to adapt, transform and above all, get the story is imperative—especially when the boundaries between the personal and the professional are not always clear.

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Moving to Newfoundland with his two daughters following the end of his marriage, Quoyle is as beaten down as the ancient craggy rocks on the coast of his new home. Struggling to get his life back on track, he becomes a reporter for the tiny local paper, The Gammy Bird, covering the shipping news and slowly finds his footing in his unique new home.


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    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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