The 12 Best Novels of 2020

Ghosts, boxers, Jesus, and Coca-Cola baths

from Petit Livre d’Amour.

2020 has been the most important reading year since I graduated college. Certainly I haven’t needed reading material this badly since I was a child, and hopefully won’t again. But the books pulled through, despite each and every obstacle — and there were many — thrown in the way of authors, publicists, editors, booksellers, warehouse workers, delivery drivers. Perhaps the…