Rule of the Bone
If you have made it this far, go a little further. While not beat in essence, the novel "Rule of the Bone" by Russel Banks is by far the greatest I've read in the past two years. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down. Just trust me on this one; if I tell you what it's about it will ruin the glory.
Let me know what you think of it, as well...