2020 best novel

2020 best novel

As we close out the year 2020, it’s time to look back on some of the best novels that graced bookshelves and e-readers over the past 12 months. From gripping thrillers to heartwarming romances, there was something for every reader to enjoy. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top novels of 2020.

1. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half” follows the story of twin sisters who choose to live separate lives, one passing as white and the other embracing her black heritage. This thought-provoking novel explores themes of race, identity, and family, making it a must-read for 2020.

2. “Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid’s debut novel “Such a Fun Age” is a sharp and insightful look at race and privilege in America. The story follows the lives of a young black babysitter and her well-meaning white employer, unraveling a complex web of relationships and misunderstandings.

3. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s “Mexican Gothic” is a chilling and atmospheric tale set in 1950s Mexico. When a socialite receives a disturbing letter from her cousin, she travels to a remote estate to uncover the dark secrets hidden within its walls. This gothic horror novel is a must-read for fans of the genre.

4. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab’s “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” is a haunting and lyrical tale of a young woman who makes a Faustian bargain to live forever but be forgotten by everyone she meets. This beautifully written novel explores themes of love, memory, and the search for immortality.

5. “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi’s second novel, “Transcendent Kingdom,” is a powerful and poignant exploration of family, faith, and science. The story follows a young Ghanaian immigrant studying neuroscience at Stanford University as she grapples with her troubled past and the complexities of the human mind.

As we look back on the literary landscape of 2020, it’s clear that these novels have left a lasting impact on readers and critics alike. Whether you’re a fan of thought-provoking dramas, spine-tingling thrillers, or heartwarming romances, there was something for everyone to enjoy in the world of fiction this year. Here’s to a new year of reading and discovering even more masterpieces in 2021.