Stoner by John Williams
This is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Williams' writing and insight are far above most of the writers we praise today. He is consistently deep and clear, driving directly to the heart of meaning. When I find books like this–and there are few in the world–it makes me wonder why so many people bother reading all the crap that’s out there. In fact, I had a hard time reading anything for several weeks after finishing this book, because everything else seemed so poor by comparison.
Update Dec. 22, 2022: I need to read this one again and write a proper review.