Gamache Goes Abroad – How the Light Gets In
There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen
This quote first appeared in A Fatal Grace, then inspired the title of Louise’s ninth book, and clearly guides a recurring theme throughout the Three Pines canon. In examining this week’s international edition, from Slovakia, we were struck by the differences in how we both interpreted this quote.
Our Slovakian colleagues chose to focus on the first part of the stanza — There’s a crack in everything — with imagery suggesting a crack in the floor. They split the quote even further by actually dividing the cover into two parts.
It would appear that our jacket designer focused instead on the second part of Leonard Cohen’s quote: That’s how the light gets in. On our cover, the light filters through the spaces between the trees to illuminate the snow on the ground.
By each focusing on one side of the quote, somehow both publishers managed to illustrate the symbolism of separation.
For more on Leonard Cohen’s influence on Louise, click here.
What does this quote, in the context of Louise’s work, mean to you?