Chatting in a coffee shop recently with a good friend prompted me to dig out this book.
Edgar Lee Masters' 'Spoon River Anthology' was given to me at Sixth Form and it's a book I visit time and again. It's a beautiful collection of free-verse monologues (I got that gem from the jacket) that heart-breakingly charts the loves and loses of a small town in America.
Each character is introduced to us by way of their beyond the grave confessions and sorrows. You end up feeling as though you've been brought into each of their trusts, and as you read on through the book links between the characters are revealed.
You can read extracts here but personally I think this is a must for your bookcase.