Lila by Marilynne RobinsonRead about another entry on the list.
Lila, a quiet drifter, is searching for her beloved kidnapper-turned-mother-turned-maybe-murderer, a woman named Doll. Lila lives in a shed in the fields of Iowa, slowly learning to read the Bible. A courtship begins not only between her and the preacher John Ames, but also between her and Christianity, which welcomes Lila but condemns Doll, a dilemma at the heart of this story. A deeply humane novel, every sentence pure poetry.