I recently read and enjoyed immensely the debut novel from Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (read my review).
I reviewed this wonderful piece of literature as part of the promotion of its US release on 7 May 2013 by Hogarth via TLC Book Tours and then it was released in the UK etc a week later with quite different cover art.
US and UK
While I really like the haunting and ghostly feel of the US cover and its graduated pastel colours, I do think it breaks the general rule of book covers. The white title font would be quite difficult for some people to read.
The title is easier to read on the UK (but still not simple, being on the vertical) and instead of tapping into the haunting feel of the novel, this one evokes the more brutal aspects of war with the bold black and white lines and the symbolic wounded bird.
If pushed, I think I’d choose the UK cover, but it’s a close call for me…
Which cover do you prefer?
If you have a US/Canadian mailing address you can enter my giveaway of a copy of this novel – entries close 24 June 2013.