A quick review reassures me there is some common ground here, but not necessarily in the same order:
A Handmaiden’s Tale (I’d add Cat’s Eye)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
White Teeth instead of On Beauty
Angela’s Ashes (I’d add The Woman Who Walked into Doors too)
Birds of America
I’d pick Tortilla Curtain rather than Drop City
Nickeled and Dimed (this is obviously not a fiction list)
Cathedral (do they mean this specific story or the collection? My copy of Cathedral is in a different book)
Kavalier and Clay (but only because there are 100 on the list. This would be in the 90s??? #99? Actually, maybe I like The Yiddish Policeman’s Union better. Either way Chabon should on the list. I have to think about this.)
Kite Runner (this should #100)
A Prayer for Owen Meaney and I’d add Cider House Rules
Remains of the Day
The Tipping Point (& Blink)
The Stone Diaries (This belongs way, way up on this list. Not here!!!)
Here’s what I’d add. This is just off the top of my head.
The Stand (how can you list The Road and not have The Stand on there somewhere? Or maybe since Cathedral is listed, what about The Shawshank Redemption?)
She’s Come Undone
We Were the Mulvaney’s
House of Sand and Fog (blew me away)
I Know why the Caged Bird Sings
In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead (James Lee Burke)
McCullough’s Masters of Rome series
Pillars of the Earth (but not the other one)
Something by Michael Connelly but I have to think about it.
I’ve read all the above and would put them on my list. Now here’s what I’d take off the list:
The Corrections (yuck, puke! Sorry but I actually did throw this book across the room!)
The Da Vinci Code????? Are you kidding me? It ain’t Treasure Island.
Eat, Pray, Love. I liked this book, but a modern classic? NO.
And of course, there’s many on that list I haven’t read….