... why don't you ask your readers to provide a list of their favourite American writers. I'll try reading some of them, and hey, it may even change my bias. It's an uphill battle though - I am so prejudiced!!!as well as the passionate ding-dong with fellow reading group member, Krishna. (This is the kind of conversation we have in real-life too ... you really can't put passionate booklovers together without some sort of a scrap, it seems!)
Anyway, a list for Animah seems to me to be a very important mission to embark on.
Like me, Animah want to feel that the books she read have value beyond being simply for ... well, entertainment: we need books to furnish our heads and nourish our souls.
I start the list with some of my recent favourites: Middlessex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Underworld by Don de Lillo, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible and Raymond Carver's collection of short stories Cathedral. I'll also add The Little Friend by Donna Tart, even though I'm not very far through it. And Philip Roth and E.L. Doctorow as writers I know I must read as soon as possible and feel incredibly ignorant not having read. (Guilt!)
Greenbottle added Kurt Vonnegut, and Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (which I recently bought but haven't yet got round to).
I'll add anything Toni Morrison for Chet, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for The Visitor.
I'll add anything Alice Hoffman for Third Chimp.
And what else? Let us know! But remember, Animah does not want to feel she is wasting her time!!