Ok have just read THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison.
Didn't really like it, I have to say. It won the nobel prize for literature in 1993...was busy having a baby that year. A very dismal sort of book. I am hoping the next one is a bit more light-hearted - THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME - by Mark Haddon.
SOunds light-hearted enough anyway!