Judging Books by Their Covers

This week’s cover of the week is The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, photograph by Joyce Tenneson.

DovekeepersA visit to Tenneson’s website reveals a vast portfolio of ethereal portraits, mostly of women. The image on the cover of The Dovekeepers is from her Light Warriors series, a selection of women in a variety of rustic costumes staring intently into the lens. I love these images, the women appear strong, defiant almost, and I want to know their stories.

To me the soft sepia tones of the cover image suggest the book is set in the 1800s at the advent of photography. However the book is actually set well before this, in 70AD. The costume is very plain and has little to suggest a country or time period of origin. I imagine that this is why it was chosen to be the cover of the book, as it can adapt itself to fit a variety of settings. It is also an appealing image, you want to know more about the woman on the cover, who is she, and why has she got doves on her shoulders? It is a mysterious image that asks more questions about the book than it answers. And that is why it is a successful cover, it creates intrigue and invites you to discover the answers.

If you would like to know more about the book you can find GoodReads reviews via this link.

If you would like to know more about Joyce Tenneson click this link.


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