I just finished a book I want to recommend. Published in 2005, "Vanishing Acts" by Jody Picoult is not an easy read, in that it skips back and forth between characters and between their childhoods and current lives, and is sometimes hard to keep straight. But the subject matter is compelling and the story well-written, so it is worth the effort.
This is the first of her books I have read, but I will be looking for the twelve others. She received the 2003 New England Book Award for fiction and the American Library Association's Alex Award for "My Sister's Keeper".
Visit her website at www.jodipicoult.com