Listed in alphabetical order by author:
Willa Cather: Youth and the Bright Medusa
--cheating here, for this is a collection of excellent short stories
--a tense tale of the hunter becoming the hunted
--a great novel from a sadly neglected novelist
Joseph Conrad: Victory
--he had a rule: don't get involved
--but sometimes . . .
Lawrence Durrell: The Alexandria Quartet
--four novels that could be read as one
William Golding: The Spire
--the effects of an obsession on the obsessed and bystanders
Russel Hoban: Turtle Diary
--a quiet novel about a turtle that became a quiet film starring Glenda Jackson
and Ben Kingsley
--the ending is not the expected ending
Nikos Kazantzakis: Toda Raba
--the pilgrimages of various believers to an international conference in Moscow in the late 1920s.
Thomas Mann: Royal Highness
--changing times in a German principality pre-WWI
--an early plea for careful use of natural resources
Chaim Potok: The Chosen
--in his late teens, a son rejects his father's plans for his future.
--two very different sons with different backgrounds and their friendship
Vita Sackville-West: All Passion Spent
--now that she's a widow, she has some ideas about how to spend her days
--much to the dismay of her children.
Leo Tolstoy: Hadji Murad
Anthony Trollope The Fixed Period
--it's a crime to grow old
Angus Wilson: Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
--a professor of anthropology gains insight into his personal problems
--he didn't realize how much trouble this would cause those about him.
It must mean something: of the thirteen books listed, only five are new reads and only two of the authors are new to me.