This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
I grabbed The Wager from Book Outlet because I’ve read some of Napoli’s other work and enjoyed it and also I was powerless against this intricate cover. It was published in 2010 by Henry Holt & Co with a jacket design by Rich Deas. ISBN: 9780805087819.