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Opening lines from recently published books: Nov. 5, 1999

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”I am not the author of this novel. I am the corpse. But never mind that now. Telling, that’s what matters now, with the yapper full of worms if need be, like the dead narrator making his way from A to Z in my favorite movie, Sunset Boulevard, by Billy Wilder.” From Zoe Valdes’ novel I Gave You All I Had (Arcade, $24.95)

”Satya’s heart is black and dense as a stone within her.” From What the Body Remembers (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $25.95), a novel by Shauna Singh Baldwin