I just finished Independence Day by Richard Ford, which was phenomenal, and am now reading Lolita, but I feel like I'm in an author rut. Would love to hear if you have any suggestions...
I loved Lolita, and though I've never read it, I've been told (by people who know) that Pnin by Nabakov is even better.
Have you tried reading anything by Richard Russo? I really liked Empire Falls. I think it got made into a movie, too, though I didn't see it.
For another book in the "sad but well-written examination of American life" department, you could try The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates. I have to confess I didn't finish this one, because it is long and dense, but Oates is a great writer.
Also, The Ha-Ha by Dave King (which I blogged about recently) is great and I can't recommend it enough.
If anyone else is looking for book suggestions, let me know what you like and I'm happy to see if I can help.