I'm still tabulating the results of my alt.list poll.
But I'm able to release the front runners.
The top contenders among works are:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The top contenders among authors are: