For the last three months I've been reading my way through a compendium of Anne Tyler's novels.
I've read The Accidental Tourist and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I've only been reading them when I eat alone so it's taking me a while.
She shows a lot of compassion for our human frailties. My favourite character so far is Muriel in Accidental Tourist with her chaotic life but generous approach to people.