If you want to discover a great, under-appreciated novelist, try William Trevor. His work his hard to characterize - darkly beautiful, with a pinpoint perception of human motivation. But don't try Fools of Fortune. Bleh. Read Felicia's Journey, Death in Summer, or the haunting and heartbreaking The Story of Lucy Gault.
Fools of Fortune goes back to the library today, and I'll start Pat Barker.