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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

When half an hour had passed and there was still no sign of a white Renault, Yvonne began to fear she’d been scammed.” The Lovers (Ecco, June 2010) by Vendela Vida. Third book, novel. Agent: Mary Evans. Editor: Daniel Halpern. Publicist: Michael McKenzie.

“It happened for the first time on a Tuesday afternoon, a warm spring day in the flatlands near Hollywood, a light breeze moving east from the ocean and stirring the black-eyed pansy petals newly planted in our flower boxes.” The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Doubleday, June 2010) by Aimee Bender. Fourth book, second novel. Agent: Henry Dunow. Editor: William Thomas. Publicist: Alison Rich.

“The sea’s in the dolphin, the sun’s / in the rose.” World Enough (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2010) by Maureen N. McLane. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jonathan Galassi. Publicist: Alyson Sinclair.

“Toby took his tacos outside and crouched on a curb.” Citrus County (McSweeney’s Books, July 2010) by John Brandon. Second book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Eli Horowitz. Publicist: Juliet Litman.

“They had made a movie about us.” Imperial Bedrooms (Knopf, June 2010) by Bret Easton Ellis. Seventh book, sixth novel. Agent: Amanda Urban. Editor: Gary Fisketjon. Publicist: Kim Thornton.

“What was I / but a cell in motion.” Wings Without Birds (Salt Publishing, June 2010) by Brian Henry. Sixth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Chris Hamilton-Emery. Publicist: Lee Smith.

“Upstairs he stops for a moment, just to let the tension build, and then he begins again, softer at first, going east to west and then east again, heading toward the Fifth Avenue side of the building, pausing to get his bearings, to look out at the view, I imagine, before heading west, pausing, overhead to taunt me before going back into motion for a few minutes, setting the pace with a pendulous movement, following the delineation of the apartment walls—” The Spot (Faber and Faber, June 2010) by David Means. Fourth book, story collection. Agent: Andrew Wylie. Editor: Mitzi Angel. Publicist: Brian Gittis.

“I am earth.” Book of the Edge (BOA Editions, July 2010) by Ece Temelkuran. Fourth book, third poetry collection. Translator: Deniz Perin. Agent: None. Editor: Peter Conners. Publicist: Peter Conners.

“There is only one answer to the question: Would you like to see a three am performance of amateur Portuguese circus clowns?” How Did You Get This Number (Riverhead Books, June 2010) by Sloane Crosley. Second book, essay collection. Agent: Jay Mandel. Editor: Geoff Kloske. Publicist: Katie Grinch.
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“People often ask me where I get my ideas.” The Four Fingers of Death (Little, Brown, July 2010) by Rick Moody. Ninth book, fifth novel. Agent: Melanie Jackson. Editor: Pat Strachan. Publicist: Elizabeth Garriga.

“There were days when I felt like the bastard daughter of a ménage à trois between Fyodor Dostoevsky, Sylvia Plath, and Eeyore.” Termite Parade (Two Dollar Radio, July 2010) by Joshua Mohr. Second book, novel. Agent: Amy Rennert. Editor: Eric Obenauf. Publicist: Eric Obenauf.

“Composition is an absolute mystery.” So Late, So Soon (Etruscan Press, June 2010) by Carol Moldaw. Sixth book, fifth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Philip Brady. Publicist: Starr Troup.

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