Tom Perrotta, who wrote "Little Children" and "Election," is the rare contemporary author who is easy to read, but also substantial. His books aren't exactly comic, but he has a satirist's eye. His latest novel ambitiously attempts (Mostly successfully.) to juggle two different points of view, that of a middle aged divorced woman who likes porn and her boorish, jock son who has a rough first semester at college. Perrotta is a deeply empathetic writer, although the mother is the much more developed and nuanced character. If you haven't read Perrotta, this is a great introduction. Also, make sure to watch the HBO show "The Leftovers," which he co-created and is based on one of his books.