The Midlander (Booth Tarkington, 1924)

The younger son of a nouveau riche Midwestern family has crazy ideas about the future of his small city and fights to be a part of its growth despite being laughed at by everyone. His grandmother cuts him out of her will when he marries a New Yorker rather than the neighbor girl and her judgement eventually proves correct. Third part of the Growth trilogy.

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The Turmoil (Booth Tarkington, 1915)

The neglected freethinker youngest son of a wealthy midwestern businessman is forced to abandon his dreams of being a poet/novelest to take on the family business when his eldest brother dies and the middle brother burns-out and becomes an alcoholic. Part one of the Growth trilogy.