I'm a huge Gregory Maguire fan, and I think <i>Wicked</i> is completely and totally fantastic (and the plot is a whole lot more mature than the musical). I respect anyone that can successfully intertwine fairytale with political metaphor
A very important book to me is <i>Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit</i>, by Jeanette Winterson. It's the most beautiful book, not just about sexuality and religion, but about acceptance, identity, family, and making decisions that sometimes go against convention. If ever you're struggling reconciling your beliefs and feelings with those of your family, this book is the place to go.
Another of my favourites is <i>The Crimson Petal and the White</i>, by Michel Faber. It's set in the man's world of Victorian England, but focuses on the women that are woven throughout a man's life, creating the very fabric of it. Ending's a little frustrating for some people, but I personally think it fits the book. Definetely recommended.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.