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”The man died alone, in a baby blue Eldorado on Route A1A, waiting for the drawbridge to be lowered.” — First line of Jennifer Haigh’s debut novel, MRS. KIMBLE (William Morrow, $24.95)

”Marty would have insisted on saving the car, the way he’d saved console stereos and televisions, his VW van, the Pong video game from the bowling alley. He had rescued obsolete things the way other people rescued dogs from the pound. Things were more pitiful than people, he’d told her once, because when they got old and wore out, they didn’t have guilty relatives around to pretend otherwise. The pack rat’s apologist, she’d called him.” — From the first chapter of Brad Barkley’s new novel, ALISON’S AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR MANUAL (St. Martin’s, $23.95)