Judging A Book By Its Cover: Before the Feast

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!

This was (predictably) a cover buy for me – I love foxes and the mandala/mosaic design of the cover is fabulous. Turns out I didn’t love the book. Alas! At least I have these lovely pictures to remember it by. Published in 2016 by Tin House Books, with cover illustrations by Claire Scully and design by Diane Chonette, ISBN: 9781941040393.

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