Though Last Christmas in Paris won't hit bookstores until October, critics are already praising the book, a romantic, epistolary novel that takes place during World War I. "Unputdownable," wrote bestselling author Karen White. "Last Christmas in Paris stands out not just for the beautiful prose, but also for the characters that literally shimmer on the page. Kudos to Ms. Gaynor and Ms. Webb for … this remarkable novel that will undoubtedly go on my keeper shelf."
We at Spine offer our own bravos to Gaynor and Webb, as well as to book cover designer Laura Klynstra, and are delighted to reveal the cover publically right here right now. Gaynor told Spine she and Webb were thrilled when they saw the design. "It is the perfect blend of elegance and nostalgia, capturing the era of the First World War, and with a subtle nod to the festive," she said.
Gaynor and Webb each authored several books before "Last Christmas." Gaynor said the moment book's cover is always exciting. "For so long, a novel exists only in words on the laptop screen and in the author's mind, so seeing the cover is a very emotional experience. I have been known to cry tears of joy at my desk!"
William Morrow Paperbacks releases Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I on October 3, 2017.
Spine Authors Editor Susanna Baird grew up inhaling paperbacks in Central Massachusetts, and now lives and works in Salem. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Boston Magazine, BANG!, Failbetter, and Publishers Weekly. She's the founder of the Salem Longform Writers' Group, and serves on the Salem Literary Festival committee. When not wrangling words, she spends time with her family, mostly trying to pry the cat's head out of the dog's mouth, and helps lead The Clothing Connection, a small Salem-based nonprofit dedicated to getting clothes to kids who need them. Online, you can find her at susannabaird.com and on Twitter @SusannaBaird.