Epilogue

Epilogue

HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York, 2008

Description

The project was to design a jacket for Epilogue, a memoir by Anne Roiphe. The author unexpectedly lost her husband of 40 years when she was nearly 70. The book is about Roiphe’s navigation of the year following his death, including challenges, unexpected emotions, vacillating relations with family and friends, coming to terms with her “inside world” and adjusting to the “outside world.” The book opens with this sentence: “Each month the moon waxes and wanes, grows full and curves into itself and becomes again a sliver of light against the dark sky.” The author was acutely aware of the passage of time, and it is this imagery of the waxing and waning moon that I used in the jacket design. The moon imagery is also used in the book’s chapter headings. 

Juror Notes

A quiet and beautiful cover that employs metaphor to explore the central theme of the book: “passage in life.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
HarperCollins Publishers
Jacket designer
Christine Van Bree
Art director
Archie Ferguson
Production director
Roni Axelrod
Author
Anne Roiphe
Editor
Claire Wachtel
Publisher
Jonathan Burnham
Trim size
5.6875 x 8.5
Pages
214
Quantity printed
Approximately 20,000
Compositor
HarperCollins
Typefaces
Bembo, Futura
Printer
RR Donnelley
Jacket printer
Lehigh Phoenix
Papers
Mohawk Tomahawk, cool white, 80 lb.
Binder
RR Donnelley
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