Ha Jin (Waiting) - Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2000 Pen/Faulkner Award, its author Ha Jin is a professor of English. He writes deceptively simple tomes; precise and historical, and manages to tackle love stories effortlessly and devastatingly.
Amitav Ghosh (The Hungry Tide) - A tale paralleling the wilderness of the Sunderbans and that of the human spirit (you like? :), Amitav is an Indian-Bengali author, who I stumbled upon when I bought this book at a book sale. I love his struggle/passion for national pride and identity and the gradual reveal of what makes us tick and people's histories.
p.s. I didn't hand pick the reviews, just googled the books and took a quick look. Hope you get a chance to read these fab books/authors, or if you already have let me know what you think!