The Girls Who Went Away

The Girls Who Went Away

Evan Gaffney Design, New York, New York, 2006


The functional aesthetic of a high-school yearbook turned out to be the right look for a subject that could easily get trivialized by sentimentality; it allowed me to acknowledge the callousness of the events that unfolded. The consistent type size was meant to suggest an even continuum of time, and the gap between the subtitle and the author’s name represents an interruption of that time—the months and years the book’s subjects were sent off to bear their unexpected children. Coincidentally, Ann Fessler was my photography teacher in college, and it was she who introduced me to the powers of appropriation and minimal typography.

Juror Notes

“Imagery supports haunting feelings a mother must have about a child’s whereabouts years after an adoption.”

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2006
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Design firm
Evan Gaffney Design
Creative director
Paul Buckley
Art director
Darren Haggar
Jacket designer
Evan Gaffney
Picture editor
Ann Fessler
Ann Fessler
Trim size
6.125 x 9.25 inches
Super Grotesk
The Penguin Press