The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
UPDATE: FINISHED THIS JULY 2012. The Chosen by Chaim Potok (I have this paperback version. I have been reading it slowly for more than a year. I am trying to make it last. I don't want it to end. Here's a copy you can read online: tinyurl.com/7pzn3wc)
Lyrical and evocative, few authors know their way around unrequited love and loss as Murakami. This haunting, bittersweet novel reflects upon loneliness and the ways in which individuals become detached from one another as well as society as a whole.