The Most Anticipated Fiction of 2020

As we enter the beginning of a new decade, there are some wonderful works of fiction that are lined up. We also understand that the process of selecting said fictions, whether in bookstores or online, can be overwhelming. From cutting satire and social commentary to stories about immigration, love, and loss, 2020 appears to have something for everyone.

Our fiction editors have put together a list of some of our most anticipated releases for the new year, for Columbia Journal. We hope you find these prospective reads as exciting as we do, and that your time in 2020 is filled with good books, good conversations about books, good writing, and great cheer.

Our Top Picks:

Weather by Jenny Offill

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh 

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey

The God Child by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

If at all this list seems lacking, we can assure you that a bevy of works narrowly missed this compilation. While it was impossible for us to choose everything, we’ve compromised and done double the homework: New Year 2020 is gearing up to be a promising one for readers and writers alike, so here are some Honorable Mentions:

Pew by Catherine Lacey

Track Changes by Sayed Kashua

Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch

Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Apartment by Teddy Wayne

Bubblegum by Adam Levin

Little Gods by Meng Jin

Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura Van Den Berg

Broken People by Sam Lansky

Here’s to wishing a healthy and prosperous new year for literature and for you, dear readers!

About the author

Elliot Alpern is a second year MFA student at Columbia University concentrating in fiction. He is currently the Print Fiction Editor for Columbia Journal.

About the author

Shalvi J Shah is a writer based in New York City and Ahmedabad. She is currently the Online Fiction Editor for Columbia Journal and is pursuing her MFA in fiction at Columbia University.

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