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    Oh, Sopohie's Choice! Great book but nearly made my heart break. And yup, Myra by Vidal is hilarious. Not sure it's great but is a fab read.
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    "As I lay dying" by Faulkner -the story is told from multiple character's viewpoints which is good for book clubs discussions

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    I can really recommend 'An Aerican Tragedy' by Theodore Dreiser. It's inspired by a true story and is absolutely brilliant. Also, try out John Wideman and Richard Ford. Ford in particular is great.
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    Faulkner is a great idea - I particularly liked "As I Lay Dying" and "Absalom, Absalom". I find them a bit more approachable than "The Sound and the Fury," a book that I find nearly as difficult to read as Joyce's notorious "Ulysses".

    Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions" or "Cat's Cradle" are really entertaining and pretty much guaranteed to provoke discussion. There are a couple sort of lewd drawings in "B of C" but the graphic element of the text also makes it really fascinating and it isn't too shocking. "Slaughterhouse Five" is a great book too, but I find it deeply depressing.

    In terms of more contemporary books, I'd recommend Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". It's fun to read and has a real epic sweep, moving from Europe to New York City to...well, I'll let you find out! It's about comic books, however, so it may not go over so well with those who don't see comics are potentially literary.

    Good luck making your selection. Everyone has posted some great choices here!
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    another great contemporary writer is rick moody. i loved 'the ice storm' and 'garden state'. 'the diviners' is really well written but harder to get into and kind of convoluted and although i liked it, i wouldn't start with that one.
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    I second Catch 22, AWESOME book! How about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? That's my all time fav. I hated The Great Gatsby, too much thought, not enough plot.
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