Thanks for all of your suggestions, everyone. As noted previously I will now hunt out your recommendations, purchasing the first one I find, and keep you updated on the whole process. Heres the list:
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
- Declare by Tim Powers
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
- Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
- Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
- Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges
- The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern
- Kingdoms of Fairies by Sylvia Townsend
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
That’s a pretty good list. The only author I’m familiar with is Borges and that’s only by hearsay. And a few books have already piqued my interest just from your brief descriptions. That’s the thing about recommendations, isn’t it? If someone you know (or, in this case, mostly-kind-of-internet-know) offers up a good book to read you’ll not just want to read it, you’ll have to read it.
If anyone has anymore suggestions add them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.