When a bestselling author gives you a book suggestion, it's best to listen.
I asked Jess Walter ("Beautiful Ruins") to name the last book book he had read when I spoke with him late last fall. After hesitating because, he said, there are so many great books out there, he recommended Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk—a National Book Award finalist by Ben Fountain. I immediately added to my library cue and just recently got the golden ticket—and post reading, wish I had just bought the damn thing so I could have enjoyed it earlier.
In the same vein as one of my recent faves ... read the whole review here.