OMIGOSH! I first found the cover for Celia Rees‘ new book, Sovay (Bloomsbury 2008), months and months ago. Now I’m thinking maybe it was just the British cover art, but I thought it was super – different and attractive – and I couldn’t wait to read the book.
So today, I’m looking at some reviews… and here’s Sovay. The cover we get in the U.S. Absolutely nothing to distinguish it from any other book. I’m so distressed! What back room discussions could have led to this unfortunate change? Another attempt (like Newes from the Dead) to sanitize the book of any connection to the fact that it is historical fiction. It sucks (I feel the need to use strong words for my disappointment).
And what does Celia Rees think? (she’s still showing the good cover on her own website) What say you all?
Sovay: In 1794 England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father’s arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.