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.