English Music by Peter Ackroyd: the story of a boy who has healing powers, and whose dreams conger the lives and stories of English authors, musicians, painters, and architects. Well written and highly engaging, although completely unexpected from reading the first few pages.
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood: A young woman working in a Canadien city is beset with oddball friends, an overbearing boyfriend, and the roommate itching to have a baby without the help or use of a father (so to speak). This is Atwood early effort, from the sixties, and her humor, characterization, and storytelling showed that she would go on to greatness.
Blue Angel by Francine Prose: a college professor, after twenty years in the trenches, finally sleeps with one of his female students, corresponding to perhaps the worst time in history to do such a thing, as political correctness has a stranglehold on the nation.