Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin


Henry's second novel, written, like his first, under a pen name, had done well." Beatrice and Virgil (Spiegel & Grau, April 2010) by Yann Martel. Fourth book, third novel. Agent: Jackie Kaiser. Editor: Cindy Spiegel. Publicists: Maria Braeckel and London King.

"To put it as simply as possible: This is the story of a polygamist who has an affair." The Lonely Polygamist (Norton, May 2010) by Brady Udall. Third book, second novel. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Jill Bialosky. Publicist: Erin Lovett.

"The suitcase open on the bed." Juvenilia (Yale University Press, April 2010) by Ken Chen. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jennifer Banks. Publicist: Jessica Holahan.

"It was all over gravel, but better than the last place." Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles (Milkweed Editions, May 2010) by Kira Henehan. First book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Ben Barnhart. Publicist: Jessica Deutsch.

"The hills of my childhood are purple with dusk and wings— / guinea fowl launched like a prayer to the still forming moon." Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, April 2010) by Chris Abani. Tenth book, fifth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Michael Wiegers. Publicist: Janna Rademacher.

"The ground was the color of rust." The Marrowbone Marble Company (Ecco, May 2010) by M. Glenn Taylor. Second book, novel. Agent: Terra Chalberg. Editor: Daniel Halpern. Publicist: Michael McKenzie.

"A battered wooden chest in the bedroom, its inlay shedding, its key finally found in a locked bottom desk drawer." Ilustrado (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 2010) by Miguel Syjuco. First book, novel. Agent: Melanie Jackson. Editor: Eric Chinski. Publicist: Kathy Daneman.

"When my dad got Alzheimer's all the plants died." Black Life (Wave Books, April 2010) by Dorothea Lasky. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Joshua Beckman. Publicist: Brandon Shimoda.

"Dear Luddie, I don't remember much about the first thing I killed, but I remember I killed it with a knife." Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (Coffee House Press, May 2010) by Travis Nichols. Second book, first novel. Agent: None. Editor: Chris Fischbach. Publicist: Esther Porter.

"I leaned in over it, my face low to the ground, to the thing I'd broken, the cheap firecracker I'd unraveled from its dry, crumbling mates, its fuse gray, unassuming." One More Theory About Happiness (Ecco, May 2010) by Paul Guest. Fourth book, first memoir. Agent: Betsy Lerner. Editor: Lee Boudreaux. Publicist: Michael McKenzie.

"About the star-cold abundance of August sand— / this spell of my two hands working in the dark." Green is the Orator (University of California Press, April 2010) by Sarah Gridley. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Rachel Berchten. Publicist: Heather Vaughan.

"North, east, south, west." Memory of Trees (University of Minnesota Press, April 2010) by Gayla Marty. First book, memoir. Agent: None. Editor: Todd Orjala. Publicist: Heather Skinner.