Okay, reccomendation: Douglas Coupland's Hey Nostradamus! Although the title looks like a musical about a mideval clairvoyant, it is, in fact, another stunning novel from someone who is quickly becoming one of my favorite novelists.
The novel (and all the other Coupland novels I've read) is heart-wrenching, engaging and relatable. He also manages to include a note of hope and mysterious redemption. To me it feels like a Shakespeare romance but more likely - sad things happen, people aren't very nice, but we all are eligible for forgiveness, hope and redemption.
So that's what I have to say about that one. Douglas Coupland. I might be in love with him.