Still Life With Woodpecker
is, in my opinion, a modern classic. If anyone can stand with Kurt Vonnegut, as far as literary/philosophical/hilarious satire, its Tom Robbins. The No Exit book is also very good...you probably have the one with The Flies, Dirty Hands, & The Respectful Prostitute...great primer for understanding Sartre's ideas. Haven't read Cold Mountain, but there's a lot of good buzz about it...and the movie, I hear, is well done. But I can't say enough good things about Still Life...wonderful book.