I think the book cover was one of the coolest I have seen in a long time. Wondering what others thought?
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I thought the book cover was arresting and very referential to its title. The black background was certainly appropriate to the subject matter as was the crossing out of Noa P. Singleton.
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I did not like it. What I didn't like about it was the way her name was crossed out and A NOVEL was written under it. I like that it was black. I like THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON and even the line through her name is OK but I did not like A NOVEL penciled in. Maybe I don't get it.
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I didn't think much about the cover until I read this question. I do think it was appropriate for the book and the subject matter. I think Noa's name being crossed out gave me a clue as to what was going to happen in the end.
At least it didn't have a scantily clad man on the cover as so many novels do of late.
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My first look at the book cover gave me a chill. I’m not fond of the horror or thriller genre and the juxtaposition of two subjects in the title: the name of an individual, personalized with middle initial, against the finality of the word “Execution,” combined with the blood-red line through the woman’s name convinced me that this was not going to be a feel-good, beach read. I set it aside and did not include it in my vacation packing.
When I did pick up the novel three weeks later, I found myself, like EileenP, frequently averting my eyes from the unpleasant cover. However, as I was drawn deeper into Silver’s complex story, I realize that the harsh image was multilayered too. In one sense, it does refer to Noa’s legal sentence, but it also suggests much of her life. An absent father, a neglectful and self-absorbed mother, unintended accidents that have terrible consequences, a series of mistakes and bad choices, a failed justice system, and ten years “living” on death row combine to carry out that sentence long before “X Day.”
When I finished the book, I immediately ordered a hard cover copy which now sits in my bookcase among happier titles because The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is as important as State of Wonder and The History of Love. And yes, I like the cover and I loved the book!
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