Dangerous Neighbors: The Cover Reveal

Thursday, January 14, 2010

To say that I am honored by this profoundly (to me, and I hope to you) gorgeous cover for Dangerous Neighbors would be a supreme understatement. Laura Geringer, who bought this book for Egmont USA and edited it with a whole, sustaining heart, invited art director Neil Swaab to develop themes and possibilities. Within a few days this fabulously talented artist had created a half dozen jackets of such extraordinary quality that I longed to hang them here on my office walls. The very good people of Egmont USA chose this as the final and now officially approved jacket art.

I couldn't wait to share it with you.

Nor could I wait to share this description of the book, which was written not by me but by someone else who read with great care the novel I'd worked on for five years. It's startling, as I mentioned a few days ago, to see your work through another's eyes. It teaches you.

Could any two sisters be more tightly bound together than the twins, Katherine and Anna? Yet love and fate intervene to tear them apart. Katherine's guilt and sense of betrayal leaves her longing for death, until a surprise encounter and another near catastrophe rescue her from a tragic end. Set against the magical kaleidoscope of the Philadelphia Centennial fair of 1876, National Book Award nominee Beth Kephart's book conjures the sweep and scope of a moment in history in which the glowing future of a nation is on display to the disillusioned gaze of a girl who has determined that she no longer has a future. The tale is a pulse by pulse portrait of a young heroine's crisis of faith and salvation in the face of unbearable loss.



31 comments:

Mandy said...

What a beautiful cover! It's got so much going on and begs so many questions, yet the design itself is so simple. Very intriguing!

And the blurb makes me wish I had it in hand today (not that I didn't already!). :)

Kelly H-Y said...

That cover is gorgeous! And, I love that it has 'National Book Award Nominee' written across the top! I'm thrilled for you! And, the description makes me want to scoop it up pronto!!! Congrats. I can't wait to someday experience the joy of seeing the cover of a book I've written. What a thrill!!!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

It's so lovely, Beth! *dancing around the room*

Sherry said...

AAAHHH, OHHHH, EEEEEE!!! It's so beautiful.

The description made my pulse rise, even more, before I'd read the "pulse by pulse portrait" bit. How high can my pulse go?

I'm dancing, too.

Diane said...

What a gorgeous cover! I am really attracted to lovely cover art. Would love to read this book.

kristen spina said...

It is absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to have a copy in hand, a steaming mug of tea by my side, and a long lonely day to read...

Alea said...

Wow Beth! The cover and the description! I'm so happy for you!

Maya Ganesan said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I love it so so much and it looks like such an amazing story as well. Huge congrats, Beth!!! :) So happy for you.

Julie P. said...

I love it!!! I can't wait to see what's inside the book!

Laurie Schneider said...

This is beautiful! An evocative image for what sounds like a heart-rending story. I bow to those who can write flap copy.

Tabitha said...

What a gorgeous cover!!! And the book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it!! Congrats!! :)

Reverie said...

this sounds absolutely fantastic and we cannot wait! Congrats on the gorgeous cover!

bermudaonion said...

That cover is stunning! I'm so excited for you!

Liviania said...

I adore that cover. The broken egg is very evocative, and the blue of the background is gorgeous. I can't wait!

wordlily said...

Lovely cover! (But I knew I wanted to read this book before I saw the cover and before I read (part of) the blurb.)

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Erin said...

OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH it makes me want to pick it up and read it SO BADLY and the premise is AMAZING and mom and I just CAN'T WAIT. :D

Beth Kephart said...

So many thanks to all of you!

(So)
(Many)

This was like having a party, a real one. It meant so much to be able to share this with you.

Little Willow said...

Thank you for sharing! I in turn shared it with a friend. Check your email. :)

Lenore said...

Hmmm...vaguely threatening yet calming at the same time. I like!

And I am always up for a book featuring twins (must be the Gemini in me).

Excited for you! And for me that I'll get to read it one of these days (hopefully SOON!).

Sam said...

Most beautiful cover which I am sure invites us into a beautifully written story. Best of luck with this one, Beth.

Amy said...

I love this cover Beth!!! And I love the blurb and I want to read it now! :)

Becca said...

Gorgeous! And the blurb is marvelous - but not nearly as marvelous as I know the book will be :) So happy for you!

Vivian said...

Beth,
Your book cover is stunning! I want to frame it! And the blurb...I can't wait for your book.

Beth F said...

OMG, I love that cover and the summary is amazing. Both make me want to rush out buy the book -- Right Now.

Congratulations.

Saints and Spinners said...

I am excited to read this. I really like the cover, too.

Melissa Walker said...

I'm so late to the party but this is just GORGEOUS! You know my next question is: Cover Story???

a. fortis said...

It's a beautiful cover! I can't wait to read it.

Woman in a Window said...

Stunning cover and intriguing story. Beth, you continue to amaze me.
xo
erin

melanie said...

Hope I'm not too late to the party to say - it's really lovely. And the summary is brilliant. I cannot wait to read it.

Rebecca Herman said...

oooh it's lovely! I'm adding this book to my wish list.

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