20 Anticipated Releases of 2020

This list is going up much later than I’d hoped, and I’m sure you’ve seen dozens of these by now, but behold: my top 20 most anticipated releases of 2020!

Fiction

TOPICS OF CONVERSATION by Miranda Popkey
January 7, 2020
Knopf
Popkey’s first novel, composed of conversations between women, which is garnering a tremendous amount of buzz.

WEATHER by Jenny Offill
February 11, 2019
Knopf
Offill’s follow-up to her standout novel, DEPT. OF SPECULATION, one of my favorites of last year.

WRITERS & LOVERS by Lily King
March 3, 2020
Grove Atlantic
From the author of EUPHORIA comes a portrait of an artist as a young woman.

PERFECT TUNES by Emily Gould
April 14, 2020
Avid Reader Press
A love story between two New York musicians, told on two timelines, praised by some of my favorite writers.

DEATH IN HER HANDS by Ottessa Moshfegh
April 21, 2020
Penguin Press
After EILEEN and MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION comes this story of a woman who finds a dead body in the woods.

ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub
May 5, 2020
Riverhead Books
Another story of a complicated family from the author of MODERN LOVERS.

STRAY by Stephanie Danler
May 5, 2020
Knopf
A memoir from the author of SWEETBITTER; in STRAY, Danler explores her difficult past.

BEACH READ by Emily Henry
May 19, 2020
Berkley
Henry’s first adult novel follows two novelists, living in neighboring beach houses, who fall in love one summer.

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett
June 2, 2020
Riverhead
The sophomore effort from the writer behind THE MOTHERS, THE VANISHING HALF tells the story of twin sisters who live in very different worlds.

THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS by Elena Ferrante
June 9, 2020
Europa Editions
Ferrante’s first novel post-Lenu and Lila!  I am so looking forward to returning to Ferrante’s Naples and her beautiful storytelling.

THE LIGHTNESS by Emily Temple
June 16, 2020
William Morrow
I’ve been a fan of Temple’s work at Lit Hub for years.  This is her debut novel, the coming-of-age of three girls at a summer program for troubled teens.

RODHAM by Curtis Sittenfeld
June 30, 2020
Random House
From the author behind PREP and AMERICAN WIFE comes a fictionalized Hilary Clinton; in RODHAM, Sittenfeld imagines a life as Hilary Rodham, a life without Bill.

THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI by Akwaeke Emezi
August 4, 2020
Riverhead
Emezi’s second adult novel after her debut FRESHWATER, told with her signature prose.

SUMMER by Ali Smith
August 4, 2020
Pantheon
The long-awaited final novel of Smith’s Seasonal Quartet.  (I’ve been waiting for this one so I can finally read the entirety of the series!)

DADDY by Emma Cline
September 1, 2020
Random House
A short story collection from the author of THE GIRLS.

TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM by Yaa Gyasi
September 15, 2020
Knopf
Another story of Ghanain immigrants from Gyasi, author of HOMEGOING.

SIMMER DOWN by Sarah Smith
October 13, 2020
Berkley
Romantic comedy + Hawaii + a British food truck owner?  Yes please!

Nonfiction

FIGHT OF THE CENTURY ed. Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
January 21, 2020
Avid Reader Press
Some of America’s best writers reflect on 100 years of ACLU cases; includes George Saunders, Jacqueline Woodson, Lauren Groff, and more.

THE STORY OF MORE by Hope Jahren
March 3, 2020
Vintage
An environmental science book from the author of LAB GIRL, geobiologist Hope Jahren.

THE UPSIDE OF BEING DOWN by Jen Gotch
March 24, 2020
Gallery Books
Jen Gotch, the creator of ban.do, tells the story of her mental health journey.

And there we have it: the twenty new releases I am most looking forward to this year.  There are SO many other books on my radar–new Emily St. John Mandel and Fredrik Backman, a GREAT GATSBY graphic novel–but these are the ones at the top of my list.  What 2020 books are on your radar?

12 Comments

  1. Rachel

    Yessss I never get tired of these posts!! I’m dying to pick up Topics of Conversation and obviously VERY HYPE for the new Moshfegh. This is the first time I’m seeing the cover for Summer and ahh I’m so excited, I’m going to do the same thing and read the whole series at once – I love Ali Smith but I haven’t picked these up yet.

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  2. Literary Elephant

    What a great list! There are several here I’m really excited for as well! I didn’t know Emma Cline had a new book coming out though and I really liked The Girls so I’ll definitely want to check that out. I’d love to see your thoughts on so many of these, I hope you get to pick them up and enjoy them!

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  3. Veronica

    I’ve been picking up Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet books the moment they come out, so I’m excited that there’s a date for summer! I’ll probably also put the new Yaa Gyasi on hold in advance so I get it right away, too. And the next in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down, just got released today, so I just have to wait for it to come in at my library. So much great new stuff!

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