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GQ'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2020 SO FAR
GQ India|October 2020
GQ'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2020 SO FAR
In a wild year that’s sure to get wilder, these are the books that have stood out

One silver lining to 2020: There’s been ample time to read the many excellent books that have come out this year. In a year that continues to find new ways to challenge us, these books have pushed, entertained and educated us as we’ve navigated the socially distant world from inside our homes.

UNCANNY VALLEY

BY ANNA WIENER

Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley is ostensibly about the four years she spent working at several unnamed start-ups. But unlike the breathless memoirs written by billionaire CEOs, packed with stale advice about how best to squeeze value out of your employees, Weiner’s book is a stylistic marvel. Wiener weaves her specific experiences into the larger story of the way the tech industry is reshaping society, moving from a social network’s personally alienating features to its democracy-wrecking qualities in the span of a single sentence. It is not a particularly hopeful work, but, like your Twitter feed, you will inhale it nonetheless – and feel a lot less miserable when you’re finished. —GQ EDITORS

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Uncanny Valley is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of our generation’s very own gold rush. It’s a story about the tension between old and new, between art and tech, between the quest for money and the quest for meaning – about how our world is changing forever. Shop Now

AFTERLIFE

BY JULIA ALVAREZ

Was Julia Alvarez’s anticipated return to adult fiction, after 14 years of writing for younger readers, with Afterlife worth the wait? Undecided. But don’t be fooled by Afterlife’s minimal size – the narrator, Antonia, is recently widowed (the good cop to her bad, as she says of her late husband), and the observations and memories she shares from within her grief are timelessly poignant. But what begins as a very personal sadness becomes a larger meditation on compassion and crisis in a troubling era. —GQ EDITORS

Afterlife Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Shop Now

THE CITY WE BECAME

BY NK JEMISIN

Sci-fi luminary NK Jemisin’s latest novel has been a balm in a difficult year. The City We Became is a supernatural battle for the soul of New York that captures the range of experiences across the five boroughs in a way that speaks to our present moment, while capturing the timelessness of the city. Less science-fictional and more classically fantastical than Jemisin’s other work, it’s no less visionary. Which means it’s also a perfect read to kick back with, even in quarantine. —GQ EDITORS

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