“Feel for the thread. Follow it through the dark.” —Kendra Atleework, author of Miracle Country
Five authors over the age of fifty—Elizabeth Wetmore, Vivian Gibson, A. H. Kim, Susan Buttenwieser, and Daniel Becker—share excerpts from their first books.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Dearly by Margaret Atwood and Memorial by Bryan Washington.
“It’s pretty clear that the entire system is due for a serious reckoning.” —Melissa Faliveno, author of Tomboyland
“We need the industry to be more reflective of the audience.” —Adrian Tomine, author of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist
“It is a vulnerable thing to expose one’s least-glamorous moments to the scrutiny of the page.” —Cooper Lee Bombardier, author of Pass With Care
“What’s most fundamental is being able to listen.” —Lauren Russell, author of Descent
“Work that’s good, that’s itself, eventually gets seen.” —Paul Lisicky, author of Later
The responsibility that Jesmyn Ward feels toward the Southern town where she was born shapes not only her new memoir, Men We Reaped, but also where and how she lives her life.
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 Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel, The Reactive, and Emma Straub’s third novel, Modern Lovers, as the starting point for a closer look at these new and noteworthy titles.