Most Anticipated Books | 2020

Hi, folks,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy GirlThis week’s topic was

Most Anticipated Book Releases For the First Half of 2020

Here are some forthcoming books that are on my radar for 2020:

Women in Translation
  1. Abigail by Magda Szabó, tr. Len Rix (January)
  2. Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra, tr. Daniel Hahn (January)
  3. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchior, tr. Sophie Hughes (February)
  4. The Book of Anna by Carmen Boullosa, tr. Samanta Schnee (April)
  5. A girl’s story, by Annie Ernaux, tr. Alison L. Strayer (April)
  6. Grove, by Esther Kinsky, tr. Caroline Schmidt (April)
  7. Amora: Stories, by Natalia Borges Polesso, tr. Julia Sanches (May)
  8. Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell (May)
  9. The Last Libertines, by Benedetta Craveri, tr. Aaron Kerner (May)
  10. The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein (June)

  1. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland (February)
  2. Say Something Back & Time Lived, Without Its Flowby Denise Riley (February)
  3. Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing (May)
  4. The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives, by Diane Johnson (June)
  5. Index Cards, by Moyra Davey (June)
  6. The Merchant of Prato, by Iris Origo (July)
  7. Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (August)
  8. The Lives of Lucian Freud Volume Two by William Feaver (September)
  9. Tom Stoppard by Hermione Lee (October)
  10. Wagnerism by Alex Ross (October)

  1. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston (January)
  2. The Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson (January)
  3. Machines in the Head by Anna Kavan (February)
  4. Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, by Gerald Murnane (March)
  5. Margery Kempe, by Robert Glück (March)
  6. Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (April)
  7. Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride (May)
  8. Drifts by Kate Zambreno (May)
  9. Summer by Ali Smith (July)
  10. Three, by Ann Quin (July)

Other books that caught my eye:
  • Made in Saturn, by Rita Indiana (January)
  • Topics of Conversation, by Miranda Popkey (January)
  • The Longing for Less by Kyle Chayka (January)
  • Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford (January)
  • Creatures by Crissy Van Meter (January)
  • The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir by E.J. Koh (January)
  • Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah (February)
  • Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch (February)
  • The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (March)
  • The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld (March)
  • Magnetic Field by Simon Armitage (March)
  • Actress by Anne Enright (March)
  • Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit (March)
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (March)
  • The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger (April, Persephone Books)
  • Wartime stories by Sylvia Townsend Warner (April, Persephone Books)
  • Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain (May)
  • Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami (May)
  • Pew by Catherine Lacey (May)
  • It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham (June)
  • A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo (June)
  • Sisters by Daisy Johnson (July)
  • Fragments of an Infinite Memory, by Maël Renouard, tr. Peter Behrman de Sinety (August)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (August)
  • The Mission House by Carys Davies (August)
  • A Day Like Today/ Summerwater by Sarah Moss (October)
  • Rest and Be Thankful, by Emma Glass (December)

My previous lists: 2019 | 2018

That’s it for now, folks! What are your most anticipated book releases?

Yours truly,


Raja, Felice Casorati, 1924

10 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Books | 2020

  1. A very interesting list and books. I am definitely intrigued by Death in Her Hands, even though not all reviews are positive. Strange Hotel is provoking too, and it seems like memory and coming to terms with one’ s past are the connecting themes running through many of the books above.


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