The wait I endure each year for this beautiful opportunity takes about as long as growing a baby does, but with less heartburn. Alas, the waiting is over, and the timing couldn't be more perfect, because I have just discovered the ideal place to host: Books & Brews.
Waterland by Graham Swift Waterland appears to be a work of literary historical fiction about a middle-aged history professor (and his ancestors) who is questioning everything he knows. It won the Booker prize in 1983 and sounds like a unique, haunting read.
The Bone People by Keri Hulme My colleague recommended this with the disclaimer that it is pretty heavy (beyond its 450-page heft). It purports to be an unusual piece of contemporary fiction about love, child abuse, and mystery. The first reviewer on Goodreads mentions she read this book 11 times, which indicates either incredibly poor reading comprehension or a pretty darn compelling story line.