Literary Easter Eggs in Tom Lake

By Angela Deckard and Shelby Toren, Branch Librarians

As a writer and a bookstore owner, it’s no surprise that Ann Patchett’s book Tom Lake, opens a new window is filled with literary references. We went through and compiled a list of all the literary Easter eggs found throughout the novel. If you are ready to immerse yourself in the world of Tom Lake and get inside Lara’s head, here are a few titles to get you started! 

Ready for more? View the complete list of books mentioned in Tom Lake here, opens a new window!  

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