If you find the key to somebody’s gate,
does that mean you have the right
to use it?
Written by Andy Lewis, Sarah Nechamkin
Amy Ephron Reveals Cover for New
Kids Book (Exclusive)
The author says 'The Castle in the Mist' is a "modern day mash-up" of classic children's lit.
Take an exclusive look at the cover and two interior illustrations to Amy Ephron’s first children’s book, The Castle in the Mist, which will go on sale Feb. 7, 2017, from Penguin Young Readers imprint Philomel.
“A modern day mash-up of an old-fashioned children’s novel” is how Ephron, the author of A Cup of Tea and other adult novels, describes her first book aimed at kids (in this case middle-grade readers, the age group just below YA).
Set in the English countryside, Castle in the Mist features two siblings, Tess and Max, who are sent to their aunt’s house for the summer. When Tess finds a key that unlocks an ornately carved gate, the siblings discover a magical world brimming with rose gardens, hedge mazes and ominous Hawthorn trees — a world that blurs the line between reality and imagination.
Ephron is particularly high on the illustrated maps that are included in the book. A late addition, the drawings by Russian artist Vartan Ter-Avanesyan portray both the physical world around the aunt’s house and the magical world. Ephron says the maps were inspired by those found in books as varied as The Lord of the Rings and The House at Pooh Corner (she calls them “a tribute to A.A. Milne”). (See the beautiful illustrations below. The cover is by artist Jennifer Bricking).
Ephron turns the notion of the good Samaritan on its head in a bauble of a tale about altruism gone horribly wrong.
Rosemary Fell was born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected friends, and a handsome fiance, Philip Alsop. Finally she has everything she wants.
It is then, in a moment of beneficence, that Rosemary invites Eleanor Smith, a penniless young woman she sees under a streetlamp in the rain, into her home for a cup of tea. While there, Rosemary sees Eleanor exchange an unmistakable look with Philip, and she sends Eleanor on her way. But she cannot undo this chance encounter, and it leads to a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– until the tides of war throw all their lives off balance.
HARPER'S BAZAAR CALLS IT "A MUST READ"
"Her honest approach to her good and not-so-good relationships might be just the thing for anyone feeling sorry about themselves." – Morgan Murrell
DAILY BEAST DUBBED IT
"A HOT READ”
“Whimsical encounters with fascinating characters, from a man who had filled his home with exotic birds to spending an afternoon with infamous murderer Lynette “Squeaky Fromme”... Ephron offers a deeply honest and compelling look at the events that made her the woman she is today.”
L.A. TIMES SAYS:
[A] nosegay of life essays whose pronouncs are mostly ‘I’ and ‘we,’ but are also by implication ‘you’ – as in, ‘here’s my experience of this or that life-changing moment; what’s yours?” – Patt Morrison
THE DAILY CALLS IT "A LITTLE GEM"
"She is an expert at introspection as entertainment...the collection masters brevity and range." – Claire Howorth
HELLO GIGGLES CALLS IT "A FUN AND ENGAGING READ."
"The pages turn themselves...Not only do the essays stand up on their own, the overarching themes unravel themselves beautifully." -- Julia Gazdag