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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

In the twilight of my life, I began to question if my childhood was a time of almost absurd languor, or if the violence that would strike us later had lurked there all along." Pictures at an Exhibition (Knopf, January 2009) by Sara Houghteling. First book, novel. Agent: Jennifer Joel. Editor: Jordan Pavlin. Publicist: Sarah Robinson.

"So what if I don't love you." Delivered (Persea Books, January 2009) by Sarah Gambito. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Gabriel Fried. Publicist: Gabriel Fried.

"It's so hard to explain what the dead really want." Sing Them Home (Atlantic Monthly Press, January 2009) by Stephanie Kallos. Second book, novel. Agent: Simon Lipskar. Editor: Lauren Wein. Publicists: Deb Seager and Martin Wilson.

"The room he wakes up in has the fraught stink of a phone booth, which in spite of everything evokes escort ads and brings a pang of loss, not for sex but for tenderness." A Day and a Night and a Day (Ecco, January 2009) by Glen Duncan. Seventh book, novel. Agent: Jane Gelfman. Editor: Abigail Holstein. Publicist: Michael McKenzie.

"They were playing poker in the back room of the Clearwater Country Club bar, the last survivors of the member-guest tournament that had ended earlier that day." The Millionaires: A Novel of the New South (Norton, January 2009) by Inman Majors. Third book, novel. Agent: David McCormick. Editor: Starling Lawrence. Publicist: Christina Mamangakis.

"Hinds County needed rain." Eat, Drink, and Be From Mississippi (Little, Brown, January 2009) by Nanci Kincaid. Sixth book, fifth novel. Agent: Betsy Lerner. Editor: Judy Clain. Publicist: Marlena Bittner.

"Bennie didn't recognize the sound." Water Dogs (Random House, January 2009) by Lewis Robinson. Second book, first novel. Agent: David McCormick. Editor: Laura Ford. Publicist: Jynne Martin.

"You've seen me." The Sky Below (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2009) by Stacey D'Erasmo. Third book, novel. Agent: Jennifer Carlson. Editor: Anjali Singh. Publicist: Gregory Henry.

"I'd been at the shelter for two weeks and there was nothing to do but go to counseling or lie on my cot and count the rows of empty cots nailed to the floor or watch TV in the rec room, where the girls cornrowed each other's hair and went on about pulling a date with Reggie the counselor because he looked like Billy Dee Williams and had a rump-roast ass." Miles From Nowhere (Riverhead Books, January 2009) by Nami Mun. First book, novel. Agent: Amy Williams. Editor: Megan Lynch. Publicist: Mih-Ho Cha.

"It's 1954." My Life at First Try (Counterpoint, December 2008) by Mark Budman. First book, novel. Agent: Byrd Leavell. Editor: Trish Hoard. Publicist: Abbye Simkowitz.

"It is too cold for August." Night Work (Sarabande Books, January 2009) by C. E. Perry. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Sarah Gorham. Publicist: Nickole Brown.

"What was good about the road was that the road's decisions were already made." The Slide (Dial Press, January 2009) by Kyle Beachy. First book, novel. Agent: Jennifer de la Fuente. Editor: Noah Eaker. Publicist: Katie Rudkin.

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