Not long ago I read a novel by Wendy Perriam, Coupling. It's terrific--one of those relatively rare fine novels about contemporary romance, sex, and love. The book reminded me of D.H. Lawrence's writing--with the crucial addition of subtlety, and with the addition of a more complex understanding of how people behave. There is more than a little humor as well, and the protagonist is someone you're glad to follow through a narrative. In a sense Perriam takes the venerable sub-genre of "novel of manners" and applies it deftly to our times.
Perriam is a British author of 14 novels and several short-story collections: She's also a professor.
Here is a link to her site:
And here is a link to an article about her, her writing, a short story collection, and her experience with an awful personal loss:
Article on Perriam
And a link to Coupling (although there is a paperback edition as well):