So the important thing to know from the start is that she was miserable.” Signs and Wonders (Vintage Books, June 2012) by Alix Ohlin. Fourth book, second story collection. Agent: Amy Williams. Editor: Gary Fisketjon. Publicist: Kate Runde.
“In the beginning was this surface.” The Ground  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2012) by Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Second book, first poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jonathan Galassi. Publicist: Gregory Wazowicz.
“We were having brunch together.” How Should a Person Be? (Holt, June 2012) by Sheila Heti. Fourth book, second novel. Agent: Jim Rutman. Editor: Sarah Bowlin. Publicist: Alexandra Woodworth.
“Every few weeks my mother rearranges the family pictures around the house.” Burying the Typewriter  (Graywolf Press, July 2012) by Carmen Bugan. Second book, first memoir. Agent: Deborah Rogers. Editor: Fiona McCrae. Publicist: Erin Kottke.
“‘Here,’ she says, ‘I’ll get you a sweater.’” The World Without You (Pantheon Books, June 2012) by Joshua Henkin. Third book, novel. Agent: Lisa Bankoff. Editor: Lexy Bloom. Publicist: Erica Hinsley.
“Is it ok to live inside this percussion grenade / giving the highsign to the frogmen sucking mud / the allclear to the women rolling their hair into Forties processionals?” Percussion Grenade (Fence Books, June 2012) by Joyelle McSweeney. Sixth book, third poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Rebecca Wolff. Publicist: None.
“Standing by a pond.” The Obituary (Nightboat Books, June 2012) by Gail Scott. Sixth book, fourth novel. Agent: None. Editor: Stephen Motika. Publicist: Stephen Motika.
“Uncle Gianni met the girl at Nice airport.” Gun Dealers’ Daughter (Norton, July 2012) by Gina Apostol. Third book, novel. Agent: Kirby Kim. Editor: Denise Scarfi. Publicist: Rachel Salzman.
“The dance moved in circles, with airplanes: / some golden, / some silver.” Wheel With a Single Spoke (Archipelago Books, June 2012) by Nichita Sta˘ nescu (1933–1983). Sixth book, poetry collection. Translator: Sean Cotter. Agent: None. Editor: Jill Schoolman. Publicist: Florence Lui.
“They lived, when he was growing up, in a simple house, an old bungalow with a converted attic and sides covered in cedar shake.” Windeye  (Coffee House Press, June 2012) by Brian Evenson. Tenth book, sixth story collection. Agent: Matt McGowan. Editor: Anitra Budd. Publicist: Tricia O’Reilly.
“Cooling towers and sewage farms.” The Red House (Doubleday, June 2012) by Mark Haddon. Fourth book, third novel. Agent: Clare Alexander. Editors: Dan Franklin and Bill Thomas. Publicist: Alison Rich.
“Would I be able to stand / a horse charging past?” Having Been an Accomplice (Persea Books, June 2012) by Laura Cronk. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Gabriel Fried. Publicist: Gabriel Fried.
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