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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

Once upon a time there was a leper colony in Jamaica.” The Last Warner Woman (Coffee House Press, April 2012) by Kei Miller. Sixth book, second novel. Agent: Alice Williams. Editor: Anitra Budd. Publicist: Tricia O’Reilly.

“The whole country is in a duel and we want no part of it.” Engine Empire (Norton, May 2012) by Cathy Park Hong. Third book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jill Bialosky. Publicist: Allie Bodack.

“All that I have I carry on me.” The Hunger Angel (Metropolitan Books, April 2012) by Herta Müller. Nineteenth book, seventh novel. Translator: Philip Boehm. Agent: Frederike Barakat. Editor: Sara Bershtel. Publicist: Alexandra Woodworth.

“I was not allowed to have a gun.” Dust to Dust (Ecco, April 2012) by Benjamin Busch. First book, memoir. Agent: Elaine Markson. Editor: Matt Weiland. Publicist: Michael McKenzie.

“Praise this world, Rilke says, the jerk.” Alien vs. Predator (Penguin Books, April 2012) by Michael Robbins. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Paul Slovak. Publicist: Meghan Fallon.

“The one clear thing I can say about Wednesday, the worst and most amazing day of my life, is this: it started out beautifully.” I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (Knopf, April 2012) by Rajesh Parameswaran. First book, story collection. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Robin Desser. Publicist: Gabrielle Brooks.

“—noise background, My getting out or what?!” A Naked Singularity (University of Chicago Press, May 2012) by Sergio De La Pava. First book, novel. Agent: Susanna De La Pava. Editor: Maggie Hivnor. Publicist: Levi Stahl.

“For besides beaver teeth, my / love had more pocks on / his face than a watermelon // has seeds.” Murder Ballad (Alice James Books, May 2012) by Jane Springer. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: None. Publicist: None.

“Today, we did inventory, my son Domenic and I: ten shinbones belonging to St. Timothy.” Reply All (Indiana University Press, April 2012) by Robin Hemley. Seventh book, fourth story collection. Agent: None. Editor: Linda Oblack. Publicist: Mandy Clarke.

“‘Loving repeating is one way of being; / this is now a description of such feeling.’” Enigma and Light (Ahsahta Press, May 2012) by David Mutschlecner. Fourth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Janet Holmes. Publicist: Janet Holmes.

“Glengrove Place.” No Time Like the Present (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 2012) by Nadine Gordimer. Thirty-third book, fifteenth novel. Agent: Timothy Seldes. Editor: Jonathan Galassi. Publicist: Stephen Weil.

“It looks like Oz.” Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery (Little, Brown, April 2012) by Bill Clegg. Second book, memoir. Agent: Jennfer Rudolph Walsh. Editor: Pat Strachan. Publicist: Michelle Aielli.

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