I never understood the “Don’t judge a book by its cover”
sentiment. As a kid, I remember thinking to myself, I thought that’s what book covers were for? They’re the first
thing potential readers see when they’re browsing and they’re the subject of
many an *intellectual* Instagram shot. But most importantly, artists work hard
to make sure book covers reflect what’s inside of them.
As the NPR Books intern, my hands end up on a lot of brand
new titles, which also have brand new covers. So this summer, I’m going to be
tumbling about book cover art and artists in a series I’m calling #bookcovercrush.
First up: Luiza Sauma’s Flesh
and Bone and Water, which was designed by cover artist Lauren
The novel follows a wealthy Brazilian teenager
who finds himself drawn to the family
maid’s beautiful daughter after
travelling to the mouth of the Amazon.
Peters-Collaer says, “First, I explored mixing painted
patterns with natural elements of the Brazilian landscape to convey the
tropical setting and lush, layered feeling of the narrative.”
“At the same time, I was interested in incorporating an
obscured female visual to reference the woman who is a catalyst for the story,
and who is increasingly illuminated throughout the course of the text.”
“These two ideas came together in the final cover”:
Be sure to watch out for next installment of #bookcovercrush!
Images courtesy of
Lauren Peters-Collaer and Scribner