Some skills are a dying breed, like the act of writing a handwritten letter. But back during World War II, receiving a letter was a treasure in some of life’s bleakest moments. That’s the story behind I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan–a novel about communication and friendship at a very pivotal time in history.
We’re revealing the cover today! Click on the Continue Reading link below to see it.
From the back cover:
“I hope this letter gets to you quickly. We are always waiting, aren’t we? Perhaps the greatest gift this war has given us is the anticipation…”
You might think this is a typical “letters to your love on the homefront” story, but it’s not. It’s January 1943 when Rita Vincenzo receives her first letter from Glory Whitehall. Glory is an effervescent young mother, impulsive and free as a bird. Rita is a sensible professor’s wife with a love of gardening and a generous, old soul. Glory comes from New England society; Rita lives in Iowa, trying to make ends meet. They have nothing in common except one powerful bond: the men they love are fighting in a war a world away from home.
Cover designer Quinn Banting sourced letters sent during WWII to make the correspondence on the cover more authentic. The model’s hair and makeup were given the distinct 1940s look and it was important to add sunflowers as well–they are a significant component to the story. Ultimately the cover was designed to tell the reader that this is a story about handwritten communication.
Quinn shared photos with the blog of the WWII era letters that they used for the cover.
I especially love this photo:
Do you write letters and send them to friends? Is there a difference between a handwritten letter and an email?
The novel comes out May 28, 2013. As you ruminate these questions, you should also take the time to listen to Billie Holiday sing “I’ll Be Seeing You”. It’s definitely in the spirit of the novel. Happy Monday, everyone!