The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - told from heaven by a murdered teenage girl, this story examines loss and how people fill the resulting emptiness as a family and a community search for resolution and peace
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte Jane, a melancholy orphan doesn't fit in at her Aunt's house, gets sent to Lowood charity school, and preservers to become a governess. One of my favorite classics, if a little melodramatic at times
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and ''say'' stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.