I just finished reading Losing Eddie by Deborah Joy Corey. I didn't really like it. It was written from the perspective of a pre-adolecent child and I just found that viewpoint irritating. By pure (un)luck, it was about the struggles of a family when their oldest son was killed in a car accident. I just chose the thing off the shelf at random and it was about the death of a child. Oh, and there was even a miscarriage alluded to. Sheesh.
So I didn't like the book, but it took me little more than 2 hours to read. I can see the appeal that it may have for other people (it was well written), just not my style.
Sadly, I am a Type A personality and can't quit a book once I've started it. But now, I can cross it off of my reading list and get on to some of the other books you've recommended.
P.S. If you haven't put in your recommendations yet, please do!