HAPPY 45TH BIRTHDAY, ENRIQUE LEE!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Enrique Lee! I'm glad to know that you are enjoying Louise Dean's This Human Season (2005). You've always wanted to understand the human element behind the Northern Irish Troubles, so here it is.
Another novel which I cannot recommend highly enough is Peter Pouncey's Rules for Old Men Waiting (2005), the story of a dying old man who is determined to complete the war story he is writing. Pouncey has written a taut, elegiac first novel that has all the ingredients that constitute a compelling read: humanity, poignancy, emotional weight and intellectual vigour.