I hadn't struggled through something so difficult that left such a lasting impression in a long time until I picked up Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. A before bedtime book this is not. It requires your time and concentration.
Years pass for the Ramsay family and we get a glimpse at their inner thoughts and feelings at different intervals in their lives at their summer home. A classic example of that age old SAT favorite, stream of consciousness writing, Lighthouse touches on major events and emotions: war, death, family, art… but in a quiet, meandering fashion. In other words, if you want a dramatic, direct novel about war, death, family, art, you might want to look elsewhere.
Woolf thought this was her best work and with the support of her husband, Leonard Woolf they published it themselves in 1927.