In no specific order, and from the last century.
  1. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen.
  2. Home, Marilynne Robinson
    "It had a kind of torpor, but if you could see it in God's time - geologically - you'd see it leap from the ground and spread its arms in the sun to bask in the joys of being an oak tree in Iowa."
  3. In the Beauty of the Lilies, John Updike
  4. Old School, Tobias Wolff
  5. Bark, Lorrie Moore
  6. The Sense of An Ending, Julian Barnes
  7. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  8. Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor
  9. Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan
  10. White Teeth, Zadie Smith