Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the July/August 2014 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

“When I was twenty-nine, I flew to the island of Cebu in the Philippines to watch a fight.” Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 2014) by Alex Tizon. First book, memoir. Agent: Paul Bresnick. Editor: Deanne Urmy. Publicist: Megan Wilson.
“Owen Arthur Bradshaw watched as the little girl was tied up with lace and silk.” Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books, July 2014) by Tiphanie Yanique. Second book, first novel. Agent: Elise Capron. 
Editor: Sarah McGrath. Publicist: Katie Freeman.

“Yellow goblins / and a god I can swallow.” Second Childhood (Graywolf Press, July 2014) by Fanny Howe. Thirty-second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jeffrey Shotts. Publicist: Erin Kottke.

“I crash through the screen door, arms flailing like two loose propellers, stumbling like a woman on fire: hair and clothes ablaze.” The Other Side (Tin House Books, July 2014) by Lacy M. Johnson. Second book, memoir. Agent: Ethan Bassoff. Editor: Masie Cochran. Publicist: Nanci McCloskey.   
“As he was walking through Regent’s Park—along the path he always chose, among the many—Jasper Gwyn suddenly had the clear sensation that what he had been doing every day to earn his living no longer suited him.” Mr. Gwyn (McSweeney’s Books, July 2014) by Alessandro Baricco, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein. Sixteenth book, tenth novel. Agent: Andrew Wylie. Editor: Andi Winnette. Publicist: Gabrielle Gantz.

“Mexico’s Rural 44 is the only road that leads from the taverns of Valparaíso back to his ranch.” Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2014) by Maria Venegas. First book, memoir. Agent: Sarah Chalfant. Editor: Eric Chinski. Publicist: Katie Kurtzman.
“I get up in the morning and the world looks like Heathrow, Orly, or / O’Hare.” The World Shared (BOA Editions, June 2014) by Dariusz Sonicki, translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk and Boris Dralyuk. Eleventh book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Peter Conners. Publicist: Jenna Fisher.

“Last night through the camellia boles / I gazed, transfixed, at the moon— / Pale-faced, hook-nosed.” Hard Love Province (Norton, June 2014) by Marilyn Chin. Fifth book, fourth poetry collection. Agent: Sandra Dijkstra. Editor: Jill Bialosky. Publicist: Erin Sinesky Lovett.  

“It feels good to believe in one hundred.” Crystal Eaters (Two Dollar Radio, June 2014) by Shane Jones. Fourth book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Eliza Wood. Publicist: Eric Obenauf.

“Silence, solitude, and breathable air, that’s all I wanted, not exactly a miracle, but I guess this nightmare of a job is what I deserve.” Monster’s Chef (Amistad, June 2014) by Jervey Tervalon. Sixth book, novel. Agent: Joy Harris. Editor: Tracy Sherrod. Publicist: Gregory Henry.
“For a ghost story, the tale of Violet Saville Devohr was vague and underwhelming.” The Hundred-Year House (Viking, July 2014) by Rebecca Makkai. Second book, novel. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Kathryn Court. Publicist: Holly Watson.

“My father’s wife died.” Lucky Us (Random House, July 2014) by Amy Bloom. Seventh book, third novel. Agent: Jennifer Walsh. Editor: Kate Medina. Publicist: Maria Braeckel.

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