The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon (Vintage Contemporaries, 2004)
This novel has been on best-seller lists for a while, but I didn’t think I would be interested in something categorized as “literature.” Ironically it turned out to be one of the few novels I’ve ever read that contained math problems. Not exactly a murder mystery, it’s a refreshing take on modern (British) life as observed by an intelligent but autistic teen boy whose parents have some child custody issues. The main character can talk, write, and do advanced math, he just can’t cope with crowds or people touching him. The author seems to have captured the autistic worldview very well, including the literal bent and the scientific focus. It would be interesting to sit in on a book group discussion of this one to hear how other people react to it.