1. Mating, by Norman Rush
    Brilliant, original, and witty. Holds up under multiple re-readings. Novels don't get any better than this.
  2. Atonement, by Ian McEwan
    Just wonderful.
  3. The Sparrow, by Mary Russell
    So absorbing that I didn't even realize it was considered science fiction.
  4. The Bear Comes Home, by Rafi Zabor
    It helps if you're interested in jazz.
  5. The Stench of Honolulu, by Jack Handey
    Many novels are said to be funny. This one really is. A rare achievement and also wonderfully silly.
  6. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
    Impressively intelligent. Far better than Girl on a Train.
  7. Mariette in Ectasy, by Ron Hansen
    Brief and beautiful
  8. American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
    Along with The Plot Against America, My Life as a Man, and a number of other Roth novels.