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In a city of 8.5 million, there are 8.5 million ways of looking at the city. It’s necessary to have authors, then, to channel their own gritty and glamorous visions of the greatest city in the world into something to which others might be able to relate. Here, we’ve compiled some of the most iconic New York novels alongside a few of our new fiction favorites. Of course, there are dozens of life-changing books set in NYC, so feel free to expand on our list in the comments.