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Cover Attraction ~ April 15th | Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn

April 15, 2009

I’m a very visual person and love beautiful, or interesting, cover art. It entices, and invites, me to stop and take a peek instead of walking right on by. This week’s Cover Attraction is:

Title: Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Release date: Today

From the author’s website:
Plenty of fiction has been set aboard the Titanic, but Weyn’s take on the infamous disaster is wholly original. For starters, the doomed ocean liner doesn’t appear until the book is two-thirds finished. Instead of using the tragedy as a plot engine, Weyn employs it as but one of the historical forces she juggles to propel her unusual story. Most central is the turn-of-the-century spiritualist movement: Jane is one of five daughters born to a well-known spirit medium, and although she wants to believe in the practices of her mother—and particularly her eerie twin sisters—she finds herself constantly struggling at the intersection of faith and science. The latter camp is represented by real-life scientist Nikola Tesla; his inventions indirectly lead to Jane meeting her true love (and, in a neat bit of historical revisionism, even have something to do with the Titanic’s fate). Various other luminaries drift in and out of the story, and only occasionally do their appearances feel forced. The ending, too, requires a leap of faith some readers may not be willing to take, but the sweeping action, mysticism, and romance should ensure that most will gladly take the plunge. A wonderful author’s note clearly sifts fact from fiction. –Booklist, starred review

One word: haunting


What’s your favorite cover attraction this week? Don’t forget to leave a link to your Cover Attraction post.

  1. April 15, 2009 2:46 am

    I like the cover! BTW, here’s mine. 🙂

  2. April 15, 2009 3:12 am

    I love this cover and the variation on the familiar Titanic storyline looks interesting too. How do authors keep coming up with original stuff? amazing and lucky for us readers! My cover attraction is here

  3. April 15, 2009 7:29 am

    Liked this cover. And the premise too.

    Here is mine:

  4. Missy permalink
    April 15, 2009 7:54 am

    This sounds like a good one. I will have to add it to my wish list!

    Here’s mine:

  5. April 15, 2009 8:36 am

    That is fantastic cover! Very haunting. I love anything Titanic. Here’s mine:

  6. April 15, 2009 9:14 am

    Very ethereal and haunting cover! That would definitely catch my eye on a book table.
    Here is mine:

  7. April 15, 2009 10:49 am

    I find that cover attractive in a creepy sort of way.

    • April 17, 2009 5:26 pm

      Which is how I felt about it the first time I looked at it. It continues to entice me.

  8. April 15, 2009 11:22 am

    It does sound like a different take on the Titanic theme —
    an eerily beautiful cover!

    Here is what caught my eye:

  9. April 15, 2009 2:26 pm

    There really is something amazingly appealing about that cover, isn’t there? The book description hans’t captured my imagination as much as the cover art, but that rippling dress set over water might just call me enough to mean this book comes home to live with me!

    • April 17, 2009 5:28 pm

      The cover was enough to get my attention but like you I’m wavering a bit on the story line. I put it on the wish list so it might be out of sight but not out of mind.

  10. April 15, 2009 6:40 pm

    The cover reminds me of THE MEMORY KEEPER”S DAUGHTER.

    The publication date for this book is very timely; today is the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

    • April 17, 2009 5:31 pm

      You’re right it is similar to The Memory Keeper’s Daughter which is a book I DNF’d. Obviously the cover didn’t affect my decision. And interesting that the publication date and event date are the same. Now maybe we can sink our tax paying duties! 🙂

  11. April 15, 2009 7:15 pm

    Beautiful cover! Very interesting premise. I’ll keep the book in mind, for sure!

    Here’s my Cover Attraction for the week! 🙂

  12. April 16, 2009 6:49 pm

    You’re right. This is a beautiful cover!

    • April 17, 2009 5:34 pm

      Isn’t it just. I only looked at two covers this week and I stopped at this one.

  13. April 17, 2009 11:59 am

    What a fabulous cover! The book sounds interesting – and nice that it’s different from other Titanic stories.

    • April 17, 2009 5:36 pm

      I think the twist will make or break this story. It’s nice to know up front that the sinking of the ship doesn’t come in till almost 2/3 of way through otherwise I might have been wondering about it. Those kinds of details can throw me sometimes if I’m not aware of them upfront before starting a book.

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