Anna Stein of ICM Part­ners

Poets and Writers - - Special Section ■ Literary Agents -

Nafissa’s col­lec­tion came to me thanks to my client Jensen

Beach, who had rec­om­mended us to each other. I re­mem­ber my as­sis­tant at the time, Mary Marge Locker, started read­ing be­fore I did and said, “You’d bet­ter take this home with you.” At the time I was liv­ing in a one-bed­room apart­ment with my hus­band and two young daugh­ters, so I headed off to a café to read. I was im­me­di­ately im­mersed and en­gaged. The col­lec­tion was just so sur­pris­ing, so re­fresh­ingly un­ex­pected. There was a kind of cool in­tel­lec­tual per­spec­tive that made the sto­ries feel like they were op­er­at­ing at dif­fer­ent reg­is­ters si­mul­ta­ne­ously. I didn’t have to think twice; we started work­ing to­gether the very next week.

JULY AU­GUST 2018 56

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