Real Live Preacher has had a wonderful conversation going about movies (read it here) and someone asked him about novels. He may pick up the request but it got me thinking about what I'd recommend so here is my first go at it.
I'm taking John Irving's Until I Find You, Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance, and Vikram Seth's Two Lives with me on holidays.
Novels I'd recommend:
Anything by Barbara Kingsolver
A.S. Byatt, Possession
Sheri Reynolds, The Rapture of Canaan
Anything by Chaim Potok, but especially The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, and The Book of Lights
Anything by Graham Greene but especially Monsignor Quixote
Iris Murdoch's Henry and Cato
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Maryanne Robinson, Gilead
Sue Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Mark Salzman, Lying Awake
Ian McEwan, Atonement
Anita Rau Badami, Tamarind Mem
Shusaku Endo, Silence
Work calls so I'll leave this for now. All you lurkers out there who don't comment - I know that you read so please suggest some novels for what is left of our summer reading!