Alta’s 2020 fiction invites us to lose ourselves in explosive passion, unexpected perspectives, and even time travel. Each engrossing story tackles its territory in new ways, from a young man confused by forbidden love to a pregnant woman terrified of the violence outside—and inside. Read Alta’s best fiction of 2020.
By Philip K. Dick
By Jonathan Lethem
Whether by fortune or doom or absolute devotion, a young man’s mad, burning love for a married woman is requited in this story from Dagoberto Gilb.
Watching the dissolution of her parents’ relationship, a butcher’s daughter learns lessons about life and love. Susan Straight's deeply personal short story is told from the perspective of an eight-year-old girl.