The Best Fiction by Women in 2020

Bonus: They're all by women.

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We're barely into the winter of 2020, but this year has already seen a divisive election season (opens in new tab), (opens in new tab) impeachment proceedings (opens in new tab), a Supreme Court battle (opens in new tab), and a frightening global pandemic. (opens in new tab) Even if you pride yourself on keeping calm during rocky times, it can feel overwhelming. Reading fiction, however, has been shown to increase mental well-being (opens in new tab), both in times of stress and during stable periods. These new literary fiction selections by women are shrewd, gripping, and unexpected in the best ways, touching on everything from race in America and #MeToo to a luxury yacht trip that turns into a nightmare and a Twitter feud between fast-food heirs. When you need a moment away from real life in 2020, dive deep into one of these new novels.

Jenny is the Director of Content Strategy at Marie Claire. Originally from London, she moved to New York in 2012 to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and never left. Prior to Marie Claire, she spent five years at Bustle building out its news and politics coverage. She loves, in order: her dog, goldfish crackers, and arguing about why umbrellas are fundamentally useless.