I would love some suggestions as to what to read.
I want a novel that:
is set now or in the last 100 years;
is beautifully written in simple prose;
has a fair amount of dialogue, and no descriptive passages of more than two pages at a time;
is not experimental, magic realism, crime, or SciFi;
is not violent, and does not contain references to child abuse;
has a compelling story.
It can be serious or comic, but I don't want anything lightweight.
Does anyone have any suggestions?