A Dangerous Friend

A Dangerous Friend

Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, New York, 1999

Description

This novel takes place in Vietnam during the early 1960s before U.S. military involvement. The jacket needed to convey that colonial period, as well as appeal to women. I tried to convey the steamy heat of Vietnam through color, and the cover’s graduated bands and shadows evoke a time of ceiling fans and louvered blinds. I also wanted to show that the “Dangerous Friend” in question was a westerner—not an Asian—by the panama hat, which plays a role in the book.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1999
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Houghton Mifflin Company
Art director/designer
Michaela Sullivan
Illustrator
Michaela Sullivan
Photographers
Corbis, Photonica
Author
Ward Just
Production coordinator
Jill Lazer
Trim size
5.625 x 8.5 inches
Quantity printed
30,000
Compositor
M
Typeface
Perpetua
Printer/binder
Quebecor Printing Martinsburg
Jacket printer
Henry Sawyer Co.
Paper
50# Quebecor Liberty Antique
Binding method
Notch casebound
Binding materials
Kennett 39540 brown (spine), Rainbow Antique French Roast (sides)
Endpapers
Rainbow Antique Sand
Publisher/client
Houghton Mifflin Company
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