Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One offers the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford and The Vault by Andrés Cerpa, for a glimpse into the worlds of these new and noteworthy titles.

“Black boy in the backseat of a cop car / across the street from my daughter’s jr. high, // hands cuffed behind his back: hard to see / him like that.” Worldly Things (Milkweed Editions, June 2021) by Michael Kleber-Diggs. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Daniel Slager. Publicist: Claire Laine. 

“Herein I begin my account, with the help of my neighbor Simon Satler, since I am unable to read or write myself.” Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2021) by Rivka Galchen. Fifth book, second novel. Agent: Bill Clegg. Editor: Eric Chinski. Publicists: Brian Gittis and Lottchen Shivers. 

“This is a female text, composed while folding someone else’s clothes.” A Ghost in the Throat (Biblioasis, June 2021) by Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Sixth book, first memoir. Agent: Alba Ziegler-Bailey. Editors: Lisa Coen and Dan Wells. Publicist: Vanessa Stauffer. 

“One way to understand what had happened to her (what she had made happen, what she had insisted upon): it began with the house.” Wayward (Knopf, July 2021) by Dana Spiotta. Fifth book, novel. Agent: Melanie Jackson. Editor: Jordan Pavlin. Publicist: Sarah New. 

“& before I knew it, the violet sky / flagged with the sun’s violent demands: for magnolias in bloom, / natural light, any place magnanimous / without locks or doors.” Somebody Else Sold the World (Penguin Books, July 2021) by Adrian Matejka. Fifth book, poetry collection. Agent: Holly McGhee. Editor: Paul Slovak. Publicist: Kristina Fazzalaro. 

“‘Just remember, you can always come home.’” Somebody’s Daughter (Flatiron Books, June 2021) by Ashley C. Ford. First book, memoir. Agent: Maria Massie. Editor: Bryn Clark. Publicists: Marlena Bittner and Cat Kenney. 

“No one eats icicles anymore // And it’s rare to find people who drink water from a tap.” What Water Knows (TriQuarterly Books, June 2021) by Jacqueline Jones LaMon. Fourth book, third poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Parneshia Jones. Publicist: Olivia Aguilar. 

“In the morning, after his bath, Frank began to cry.” Permeable Boundaries (Fomite Press, June 2021) by MaryEllen Beveridge. Third book, story collection. Agent: None. Editor: Marc Estrin. Publicist: Donna Bister.  

“my proclivity toward ruin has only increased with my distance from it.” The Vault (Alice James Books, June 2021) by Andrés Cerpa. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Carey Salerno. Publicist: Emily Marquis. 

“You told me I talked in my sleep.” The Woman From Uruguay (Bloomsbury, July 2021) by Pedro Mairal, translated from the Spanish by Jennifer Croft. Twelfth book, fourth novel. Agent: Katie Grimm. Editor: Daniel Loedel. Publicist: Emily Fishman. 

“It is a cube, it is red, it is mountainous, / it is a bird of fire, it is the bones of the pelvis, it is a walnut, / it is treasured.” July (Sarabande Books, June 2021) by Kathleen Ossip. Fourth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Sarah Gorham. Publicists: Joanna Englert and Alyson Sinclair. 

“A double rainbow had changed the course of my relationship with the fox.” Fox & I: An Uncommon Friendship (Spiegel & Grau, July 2021) by Catherine Raven. First book, memoir. Agent: None. Editor: Cindy Spiegel. Publicist: Nicole Dewey.