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Book cover design for "Because of the Sun" by Jenny Torres Sanchez.
Summary of the book:
From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.
Dani learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on.
But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own.
Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develops between them. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.
The setting of this novel is the intensely hot, rough, extreme New Mexico desert. Our goal was to make the visual title of the book embody the physical environment that the main character Dani finds herself in. We photographed printed typography through layers of tissue paper with very intense lighting to create this image. The letterforms and paper fuse together to become an abstract desert landscape. We used color to strengthen the illusion of the hot sun beating down on a dry desert landscape. The typography pulses with rays similar to the desert sun.
This book was published by Penguin Random House in January 2017.