The Best Fiction of 2015

Forget the tedium of straightforward realism, 2015 was a year when theme pushed form in daring new directions. So instead of celebrating the Big TV Novels of the American white male, we’re happy to applaud this motley group of genius fictions, books that never failed to challenge the pieties of life in the 21st century. Counternarratives that work against the grain of colonialist history, novels of ellipsis that refuse to cookie-cut their women protagonists, crazy novels-as-rants, comedic romps that overturn accepted notions of gender and race and class, fictions that upend bromides about fantasy and magical realism. How could you cheer against them?