These days, time spent away from Edinburgh is about the only space I get to read a novel from cover-to-cover; and last week I managed to complete "The Other" by David Guterson.
I mentioned the film of his first major novel some time ago - and I think he's been an author who has struggled to produce something as good as "Snow Falling on Cedars" (which is an exceptionally good book, and now film) ever since writing it ...
... well, in my humble opinion, the problem has been solved - because "The Other" is a classic to rival anything he has produced before.
It's not a book to cheer you up, and challenges modern-day living and all that goes with it.
Timely, I would say.