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Comprehensive Plot Summaries

The Plot Spot provides comprehensive plot summaries for many popular novels. We aim to refresh your memory of a novel or help you decide whether to read a particular novel. But we're no substitute for reading the book itself. We hope that our plot summaries will encourage you to explore new novels and authors that you haven't read before. And if you find our material worthwhile, please take a moment to click on one of the ads to the right. The Plot Spot is a labor of love, not a business. We provide all of our material for free so this will help us keep the lights on.

Below is a listing of some of our most popular titles. A complete listing can be found under the Titles tab at the top of this page.

Popular Plot Summaries

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A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul (1979)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

Calico Joe by John Grisham (2012)

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)


Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911)

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (1906)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)

The Marquise of O- by Heinrich von Kleist (1808)


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (1987)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (2002)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003)

The Passage by Justin Cronin (2011)


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1959)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré (1974)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007)


The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice (2012)

The World at Night by Alan Furst (1996)

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Dutch Royal Archives Library, Netherlands
Dutch Royal Archives Library, Netherlands

More than Plots

The Plot Spot aims to provide other valuable resources to those who love to read. Check out our Reviews section. It contains review snippets of our favorite new books as well as links to the full original reviews.

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