GENRES2020
As we start winding down a year that can't end soon enough, it's nice to focus on something—dare we say—positive? In this case, it's PW's best books of 2020. Our editors took their usual debates online. We argued over Zoom and Slack and email about the works that deserved to be on this list, and what we landed on is a powerful mix of books that speak to the times, and some that are timeless. On our cover is Ayad Akhtar, a Pulitzer-winning playwright and incoming PEN America president, whose Homeland Elegies blew us away. It's very much steeped in the now, and it'll read as fresh as it does today a decade or two from now. Nine other standout works join Akhtar's on our top ten list, and we follow that up with deeper dives into fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as 50 excellent titles for children and teens. Take a look.
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