Jazz by Toni MorrisonRead about another entry on the list.
It would be enough that Jazz brilliantly explores a significant moment from the past through the story of a love triangle in Harlem, and that Morrison layers various histories so that each steps up then recedes — yes! — like jazz improvisation. But on top of all that, she draws and redraws the frame of narration, ever so subtly, so that one begins to wonder about the narrator's identity in the way one wonders about God's.
Toni Morrison's Jazz is Mohsin Hamid's most influential book and one of Reggie Nadelson's top ten jazz books.