secret sharer

by Megan Abbott

I just received copies of the Polish version of my upcoming book, The End of Everything.

The cover is not dramatically different in content, though somehow the feel is distinctly … rawer (the lost Black Swan poster?).

And yet another variation, the U.K. cover, another young girl scene, but this one feeling almost like a canny twist on a 1970s young adult cover:

I’m thinking here of Sara’s post a few weeks back  about the UK cover for her upcoming and brilliant Claire De Witt & the City of the Dead, the different feel it has than her U.S. one. And how both covers seem to speak to the book rather deeply, but to different qualities of the book, the UK cover shot through with murky urban glamor and the U.S. somehow more enigmatic, mythic, oracular… like peeling back old labels on an ancient shipping crate and finding each more mysterious and potentially revelatory than the last.

A funny note: The End of Everything doesn’t come out here until July, but it’s already out in Poland, which is such a strange feeling. Like having a secret double out there.

11 Comments to “secret sharer”

  1. Whoa–these are all incredible. They all put me in mind of the most psychically troubling parts of Judy Blume!

  2. Are they any other parts of Judy Blume? 😉

  3. thank you for the secret sharing!!

    as mentioned I think there’s something super hot about the book coming out in Poland prior to anywhere else! I was in Krakow maybe a year ago with my wife, and it was this amazing mix of super super hip with that eastern block depression, what a tremendous city, at once in the process of total decay and energetic new construction. We played this “club” that used to be a munitions factory.

    Yay Megan, yay END OF EVERYTHING!

    I want to post the old Polish poster of REPULSION but I can’t figure out how to do that, have you seen this poster? It’s like the Poles just got that film on a cellular level…all those Polish film posters from that period were beautiful though

    here’s a link :

  4. Wow, they really do each speak to different strands in the book–the US version reminds me of the suburban gothic aspects of the book. the UK cover makes me think more about the sexuality/desire issues. And the polish cover reminds me of when cathy was locked in the attic but she never stopped rehearsing, even with chris watching in the shadows–oh, nevermind, wrong book. All three are SPECTACULAR! Which other countries are coming up? France and what else?

    Oh, that secret END OF EVERYTHING in Poland, going around and making friends and pretending to be the real you! Who knows what it’s getting up to? Affairs with polish counts, charging polish furs on your credit cards, making scenes in warsaw!

    Megan, will you PLEASE write a blog post on the double as per freud, lacan, rank? One I can understand?

  5. And oh, is the title the same in polish?

  6. But my double should be doing something DIFFERENT than I’m doing here–perhaps she’s doing jigsaw puzzles and drinking kombucha?
    I definitely want to write a post about the Double—in fact, I’d like to write one on the Double in Sara Gran’s Come Closer, my secret plan! Do you think female doubles are more common in books/film than males (other than the famous exceptions)? Are women always already doubles?

  7. I bet that double is watching mad men right now! And making kale!

    Oh, I would be so honored–in fact, I’m not usually quite this narcissistic (I hope!), but one of the reasons I wanted to hear your thoughts on the double was because in CLAIRE I noticed this urge to double or triple everything–almost everything is mirrored–and I don’t understand why.

    Women do seem to be more common doubles, don’t they? I do wonder if women are already doubles–or if everyone feels like a double as per the face we show the world and then the “real” face, but women are maybe more aware of it? What do you think?

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