If you're not familiar with Patchett, Bel Canto is a wonderful place to start. It is probably her most well-known novel and a truly remarkable story — though you can't go wrong with anything on this list. I just this week finished State of Wonder, Patchett's most recent book, and it kept me rabidly turning pages late into the night. It would be an equally good place to start! Or, you can check out Patchett on the Colbert Report talking about Parnassus and the state of indie bookstores. You tell him, Ann!
I hope you find time to turn some pages this week!