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First Pages: Ethan Nosowsky on The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

What does it take for you to decide to read the second sentence of a book? Editorial director Ethan Nosowsky weighs in on what did it for him when it came to Maggie Nelson's electric new book, The Argonauts.

First Pages: Ethan Nosowsky on See You in Paradise by J. Robert Lennon

What does it take you to decide to read the second sentence of a book? Editorial director Ethan Nosowsky weighs in on what did it for him when it came to J. Robert Lennon's See You in Paradise.

First Pages: Ethan Nosowsky on Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen

I’m a sucker for style. I know I’ll keep reading deep into a novel when the prose in the opening lines reminds me of no one else’s. Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of the Shank, which Graywolf publishes this week, has that rare quality of sounding only like itself.

First Pages: Fiona McCrae on Duplex by Kathryn Davis

One of the most striking things about Duplex, evident from the start, is the utterly brilliant way in which Kathryn Davis creates a fantastical world of sorcery and imagination that is nevertheless rooted in an almost ludicrously ordinary and recognizable suburban world. She embeds the magical within the mundane. . . .

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