The fiction we admired most in 2018 ran the proverbial gamut from thought-provoking surrealism to evocative realism. Some illuminated the present day or recent past, while others ventured into much more uncharted territory. Some took us to unimaginable psyches; others showcased how ordinary people dealt with the extraordinary. Here’s a look at ten of our favorite works of fiction this year.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on the writings of Arthur Machen, interviews with R. O. Kwon and Anne Lamott, and more.
In our afternoon reading: recommendations from R. O. Kwon, Bud Smith and Shy Watson in conversation, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Maria Dahvana Headley’s new novel, nonfiction by Tracy O’Neill and R. O. Kwon, and more.
In our morning reading: R. O. Kwon on food, thoughts on Jeff Jackson’s forthcoming novel, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: revisiting the works of Violette Leduc, reviews of new books by Ottessa Moshfegh and R. O. Kwon, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with R. O. Kwon and Phosphorescent, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Arundhati Roy in conversation, and more.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Deborah Levy and Gunnhild Øyehaug, an interview with R. O. Kwon, and more.