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Opening lines from recently published books

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”Miri’s husband was shouting in his sleep, not words that she could recognize but simple, blurting fanfares of distress. When, at last, she lit a lamp to discover what was tormenting him, she saw his tongue was black — scorched and sooty.” From JIM CRACE’s novel Quarantine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23), winner of Britain’s Whitbread Prize

”Each day was hotter than the last, and I soaked up the November sunshine like a lizard.” From Terra Incognita (Random House, $25), SARA WHEELER’s Antarctica travel journal