Sometimes you see a book cover and think, okay, that's just something they've knocked up before the real jacket designer comes on board, or, cool, they've asked some gaol inmates to sketch a book cover as part of social therapy classes or maybe they've read a two-sentence blurb once and remembered some words and then looked up clipart from Word 95 and pasted it all together. This is one of those covers. For the lead Granta title for September, it's a pretty shocking effort. As one friend in the publishing industry so succinctly put it, "If that cover was my baby, I would try to put it back."
Nonetheless, I really do recommend you look past the cover and give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
In the interests of fairness, however, the US jacket isn't much better:
The UK jacket is getting there, but still doesn't do it for me:
P.S. I don't want it to feel like I'm picking on you, Allen & Unwin, so here's a book cover from Penguin (Viking) that I saw today, and should make you feel okay. Buckets ready...
When this image on the cover would be an improvement on the cover, you know you're in trouble.
P.P.S. Super Sad True Love Story also has by far the best book trailer of the year. Hi-larious: