Recently I read 'The Turning', a collection of stories. Each is complete in itself but after you've read a few you realise that the central character in this story was a minor character in an earlier story. So you're getting bits of different interrelated lives and seeing the world of a small West Australian town from various viewpoints.
I've just reread 'The Turning' about 18 months or so after the previous reading. This time I decided to keep notes to see which characters reappeared in different stories. While each story still stands alone, I'm feeling now that it could almost be called a novel with a very innovative structure.
Might also add that it tends to be a little depressing at times but this does not detract from the quality of the writing. I'm sticking to my four-star score.