Middlessex by Jeffrey Eugenides is another of my absolute favourite books. A man looks back on his childhood as a girl in suburban Detroit and on his Greek family’s history that led to his genetic quirk. I’ve been wanting to do a book cover for it for literally years but whenever I’ve sat down with my sketchbook I’ve found it inexplicably difficult to settle on the right theme or symbol. In the end though, I think it’s finally worked after I returned to the picture that kept coming back to me – one of the protagonist’s grandmother’s silkworms in its cocoon.
Again I must point out that Bloomsbury Paperbacks have not commissioned me; I did this FOR SELF-PROMOTION (and fun) ONLY.