More recommendations from the World Book Day 2011 survey.
George: The Rabbit Quartet, by John Updike
Outstanding writing, believable characters and memorable scenes. This is an accessible and absorbing quartet which is highly recommended.
Anon: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
A brilliant insight into the caste system in India - taking the reader from rural India into the city through the eyes of two leather workers who try to buck the system. Their fate is hanging in a very fine balance.
TREE - Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
It is an amalgam of so many different genres and from beginning to end is as enigmatic as the eponymous 'heroine'. A superb read.
Anon - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Just finished this book. Very good. Have started to read it all over again! Story of twins from the time their mother arrived in Africa till their 50th birthday. Very interesting with some history thrown in (though not very accurate dates).