The Brooklyn Follies
My mom got this out of the library and I picked it up in her car when I had some time to kill before picking her up. It reminds me of John Irving's books, it's got that same kind of whimsical, almost fantasy, kind of style. But this is well grounded in the main character, Nathan Glass, dying, estranged from his daughter, moving back to Brooklyn on a whim and making a life out of bits and pieces while re-discovering long lost family. It made me laugh and cry and bashed me between the eyes when I least expected it.