One Thing Stolen: the cover reveal

Monday, September 29, 2014

So much love and thought and artistry has gone into the cover for the Florence novel that will be released next April from Chronicle Books. My deep thanks to everyone who read this story, who cared about its characters, who thought out loud about every option, and who put their art and magical way of seeing on the page. Particular thanks to Kristine Brogno of Chronicle Books, whose work is so wholly representative of the story itself, described below. And thanks, as ever, to Tamra Tuller, my editor, who saw this project through with conviction and heart. Thanks, finally, to my Penn students—Katie Goldrath and Maggie Ercolani—who inspired two primary characters in this novel, and who inspire me, still, and to Gregory Djanikian, who is in these pages, too.

Something is not right with Nadia Cara.

She’s become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. After her professor father brings her family to live in Florence, Italy, Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom no one but herself has seen. While her father researches a 1966 flood that nearly destroyed Florence, Nadia wonders if she herself can be rescued—or if she will disappear.

Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is about language and beauty, imagining and knowing, and the deep salvation of love.

One Thing Stolen was born of Beth Kephart’s obsession with birds, nests, rivers, and floods, as well as her deep curiosity about the mysteries of the human mind. It was in Florence, Italy, among winding streets and fearless artisans, that she learned the truth about the devastating flood of 1966, met a few of the Mud Angels who helped restore the city fifty years ago, and began to follow the trail of a story about tragedy and hope.

Beth is the award-winning author of nineteen books for readers of all ages, including You Are My Only, Small Damages, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, and Going Over. She also teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania.


Victoria Marie Lees said...

An artfully created book cover and an intriguing plot. This is a winner, Beth. Many congratulations to an awesome writer. I can't wait for its release.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful cover. This novel sounds gorgeous (of course, all your books are). And I've been in Florence, so I'm looking forward to reading this. The rare neurological disorder intrigues me too.

Beth Kephart said...

Victoria, Jennifer, and Joanne — I so appreciate your encouragement. It means so very much. The book was, for me, a long journey. I am at peace with its final character.

Kristine Noel said...

Thank you for the lovely shout-out, Beth. It was truly a treat to read your book and a pleasure to work on the cover and interior designs. Can't wait until it launches into the world!

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