Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cover Attraction

Cover Attraction is a weekly event hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. She says, "I’m a very visual person and love beautiful, or interesting, cover art. It entices, and invites, me to stop and take a peek instead of walking right on by." Each week we will feature a beautiful new cover design that has caught our eye.

This week's cover attraction is What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn.


A mesmerizing debut novel that reimagines Tolstoy's classic tragedy, Anna Karenina, for our time

Vivacious thirty-seven-year-old Anna K. is comfortably married to Alex, an older, prominent businessman from her tight-knit Russian-Jewish immigrant community in Queens. But a longing for freedom is reignited in this bookish, overly romantic, and imperious woman when she meets her cousin Katia Zavurov's boyfriend, an outsider and aspiring young writer on whom she pins her hopes for escape. As they begin a reckless affair, Anna enters into a tailspin that alienates her from her husband, family, and entire world.

In nearby Rego Park's Bukharian-Jewish community, twenty-seven-year-old pharmacist Lev Gavrilov harbors two secret passions: French movies and the lovely Katia. Lev's restless longing to test the boundaries of his sheltered life powerfully collides with Anna's. But will Lev's quest result in life's affirmation rather than its destruction?

Exploring struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.

Why I like it: I love the drama created by the black and white cover, highlighted by the red in the flowers. The lady in the seductive dress makes me think this will be a book that demands my attention.

What Happened to Anna K. was released in August, 2008.


Jessica Kennedy said...

Pretty cover.

Marcia said...

Thank you for posting a Cover Attraction this week. Black and white photography is stunning and this cover is no exception.

Dar said...

I agree, I really like this cover as well. I wouldn't mind reading this book one day.

Midwest Mommy said...

Sounds like a good book. The cover is very nice.