The end of this tumultuous year is finally in view, and if, by any chance, you’ve already binge-watched everything there is to watch and are aching for a break from Zoom chats—professional or otherwise—then now may be the perfect time to tuck in with a good book. Dare we say even a great book?
The Vanity Fair team has assembled what we consider to be the cream of the crop of this bumpy year, including a National Book Award winner, several stunning debut novels, some lush Y.A. entries, and even a little nonfiction if that’s your thing. Though everyone made their choices without consulting the others, there is a prevalent theme of urgent, young, and diverse voices who can help us better understand the way we live now, and a new way we might live in the future. So cozy up, or give a gift of unforgettable stories this holiday season.