The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: The Lucy Variations

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cover Talk: The Lucy Variations

Yesterday at work I tackled one of my favorite tasks: compiling an order of new releases. I was working on polishing off May's list when I saw that The Lucy Variations by Saza Zarr is coming out in paperback (yay!) and that it has a new cover.

The original cover fits the book so well, so I was a little surprised and sad to see the new cover.

If you've read the book (or my review), then you can see why this cover (and the title!) fit the book so well! Lucy is pianist who is struggling with how she wants to use her talents and how she feels about her family's legacy. The fingers on the keys fit.

Here is the paperback cover:

I didn't want to like it at first, not at all. But...there is something just so joyful about this cover, and Lucy's love of life and freedom and her happiness when she isn't being told how or why to play the piano is what made me really like The Lucy Variations. I wouldn't say that this book is a happy or sad book--those labels wouldn't do the book justice--but it has some really intense happiness between these pages, and  think that the paperback cover captures that. I also really like the title font.

What do you think? The paperback is out May 27th, 2014!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

In a way, I think the hardcover version does give a better idea about the book since the piano is an important fixture in Lucy's life. But you're also right that the paperback version portrays a sense of freedom, which I think is also important because Lucy learns who she is independent of the piano. It does take some time to get used to the redesign though because it looks more generic and could easily be the cover of a completely different book altogether.