One of my favorite books of the last few years, Kelley Eskridge’s
Solitaire, is out in paperback. Pick it up, it is a fantastic read. She skips all the predictable and sappy choices and consistently goes straight to gut-wrenching. It’s a remarkably assured book for a first novel. Dave’s highest recommendation.

Of course, Kelley had nothing to do with this, but look at the paperback cover side by side with that of Bruce Sterling’s Holy Fire. Wow.

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2 thoughts on “Solitaire”

  1. James says:

    …what the story is behind that. Is there some kind of copyright or at least etiquette about copying book covers? Or does a 3rd party do the covers and someone has been selling to more than one place?

  2. Dave says:

    I’m not sure after all these publishing mergers if Avon is in the same corporate structure as Bantam. The former published Kelley and the latter the Sterling. Maybe they just still had the rights to the painting and decided to flip it and use it again. I knew that it seemed familiar from seeing it in the store but not until I looked at those two images side by side did I realize it was the identical painting. I thought maybe it was two similar ones by the same artist. What I wonder is if they were going to reuse art, why not use the painting from the hardcover? Frankly I preferred that to this anyway.

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