As a reminder, here’s the cover:
I also gave a brief description that had a few clues. I was looking for two things, or maybe three.
The book is about American politics, which the blue background and white stars reflect (as if we’ve zoomed in on a corner of the American flag).
It’s also about twilight, as a politician’s career heads toward darkness. The black and yellow at the bottom reminds me of a Wisconsin highway at night, your headlights lighting up the road as you head toward the horizon with an open starry sky ahead of you. (A good image for the loneliness of the campaign trail, at least for this particular candidate and his erstwhile biographer.)
And finally, there’s the small star that’s hanging on. Falling? Rising? Just hanging on.
“There’s some dignity in that little star!” I cried to my designer when I saw it. “It’s hanging on in spite of all the odds. No one knows why!”
My main character is elliptical in that way. Why hang on? Well, maybe he’s not capable of anything else…
I know, I know: I get a little carried away. You have to remember that I love like these, from a great Kafka series:
Aren’t those great? The eye motif, so perfect for Kafka. And the art is bold and full of expression, and the meaning has some playfulness and thought to it.
Kafka is a hero of mine, and while not at all trying to compare myself to such a genius, I thought some of the absurdities of The Race had some affinities with Kafka (also Svevo and Poe). If the spirit of the art above could work for the covers of Kafka, I thought it would work for mine too. Hence, the lowly little star, struggling to maintain its place in the heavens.
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