I like Jodi Picoult too, I have read a few : My sister's keeper; Vanishing Acts, Mercy and her latest the Tenth circle. I have tried a few of Anne Tyler and I have more of her on my piles here but she is hit and miss with me. I will get to her someday. Yes Jane Green is good for chicklit along with Marian Keyes (Walsh series) and her other read alones and Jane Heller I like too.
Yes I have read Gods in Alabama. I look forward to her next!!!

I really like Anita Shreve too. Have you read The Pilot's wife?
Or Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic?