Well, what other kinds of books do you like?
You know, that's a very hard question to answer, in terms of a specific "genre". Broadly speaking, I'm most interest in novels which explore "the human condition" (for want of a better term). In considerable depth, leaving few stones unturned!
What makes people tick? Why do they make the choices they do? How do they interact with each other? How do they resolve conflict? What gives their lives meaning? etc, etc, etc ... I'm also very interested in novels which focus on the role of politics in the lives of ordinary people. The commitments they make & why they make them. I realize this sounds rather wishy-washy. Perhaps it would be best to mention some of my favourite authors & novels? :
*Janette Turner Hospital - Due Preparations for the Plague
: described as a post 9/11 political thriller, but so much more. (She's brilliant. I've read all her novels. This one's a knock-out.)
*Vikram Seth -A Suitable Boy
. Wonderful novel set in post independence India. Explores so many aspects of Indian life & culture - religion & religious difference, caste, politics, .. also explores family relationships within the context of a "love story". Though hardly a conventional one!
* Tim Winton - The Turning
. Oz author. Love this one & have read all his books. This one focuses on the "turning point" moments in the lives of a group of middle-aged adults who grew up together in a small WA community. Friendships, betrayals, loyalty. How life has impacted on each of them.
* Jennifer Johnson - all of her many novels exploring the lives of those caught up in one way or another in the Irish "troubles". The impact of the IRA on individuals in small communities. Beautifully written & insightful.
Paul Scott - The Raj Quartet
4 inter-connecting novels focusing on the events leading up to Indian independence. As seen through different of members of the British Raj, in their last days in India. Partition. Sectarian violence. Lots of detailed historical information as well as terrific stories about various individuals. Wonderful stuff!
Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook
& also her African novels. Brilliant, courageous writer! The golden notebook is one of my all-time favourites. (Read it 4 times!) There have been so many different interpretations regarding what it's "about", but I see it as an attempt of the main character (a writer) to integrate the different aspects of herself, particularly the personal with the political, in a fragmenting society.
I could also mention Margaret Atwood, Naguib Mahfouz (especially The Cairo Trilogy
), Gillian Slovo & quite a few others, but I've run out of puff. But this gives you some idea, Bet you wished you hadn't asked!