"The Historian? Literary Fiction! And Ann Patchett's thrilling and beautifully written Bel Canto. Ditto John Banville's dark, brooding Shroud. And Alan Furst's WW II books. Yes, Furst. And Francine Prose's The Blue Angel. Philip Roth's The Human Stain. P.S. by Helen Schulman. And Liz Benedict's The Practice of Deceit and on and on. These are all gripping books..."
And later in the discussion, when someone asked what contemporary authors are compelling storytellers, he offered Ken Follett, Laurie Colwin, Alice Adams, Michael Cunningham, Michael Chabon, Andres Dubus III, Laurie King, Manil Suri, Barbara Kingsolver, Bret Ellis, Sue Miller, Toni Morrison, and again Alan Furst, Philip Roth, and Francine Prose.
We'll have to order P. S. by Helen Schulman, but we have the rest of the titles mentioned, and at least some works by each of the authors.