We will take the time required to make our way through either a) a series of novels, or b) extremely long single-volume works. Not for the casual reader or the faint of heart. All books will belong to the genre of literary fiction. No dramatic works, no genre fiction, no science fiction or fantasy, no alternate history, no children's books or young-adult fiction.
Candidate works include:
John Barth, LETTERS Samuel Beckett, The Trilogy Roberto Bolano, 2666 Evan S. Connell, Mr Bridge and Mrs Bridge Robertson Davies, The Salterton Trilogy Don DeLillo, Underworld Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo Lawrence Durrell, Alexandria Quartet Ford Madox Ford, The Fifth Queen Victor Hugo, Les Miserables Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke Doris Lessing, Children of Violence Naguib Mahfouz, Cairo Trilogy Peter Matthiessen, Shadow Country Cormac McCarthy, Border Trilogy Yukio Mishima, Sea of Fertility Anthony Powell, Dance to the Music of Time Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time Philip Roth, Zuckerman Bound Booth Tarkington, Growth Trilogy Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace Anthony Trollope, Chronicles of Bartsetshire John Updike, Rabbit Angstrom Gore Vidal, Narratives of Empire David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest Thomas Wolfe, O Lost Marguerite Young (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_Young), Miss Macintosh, My Darling
This list is arbitrarily based on personal taste and the contents of my library.