Ok guys, here's the deal. I have to do a literary criticism term paper on a NOVEL by an AMERICAN AUTHOR. Any time period is fine. Please rack your brains and recommend a decent book you have read. I have no idea what to pick. We got a list of suggestions and the only things that looked slightly interesting were Catch 22, Portrait of a Lady, Cat's Cradle, The Crying of Lot 49, and Slaughterhouse Five? Are those any good?

Any comments greatly appreciated. I'll be doing a LOT of research and work with this book so I'm hoping to find something I'll like.

And if you can't think of a specific title, author suggestions are great too. Especially contemporary ones. Thanks!