My sister went to the library yesterday and came home with three books, First Comes Love, by Emily Griffin, Here’s to Us, by Elin Hilderbrand and Her Again, Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman. On the sleeve of the first book, in the very first descriptive paragraph, there is the line, “But when tragedy strikes, their delicate bond is splintered.” . Fittingly, the second book brings it up in the second paragraph; “But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death in his favorite place on earth.” Finally, the Meryl Streep book alludes to a tragic relationship she had with a fellow actor. All three writers are well known and successful, so they might be on to something.
My first novel, Searching for My Wand also involves a tragedy, but I have always shied away from saying so in the fear that people would think the book is depressing. I don’t think it is. The reviews say it’s not. For example, this one is how, in essence they all read.
“What a wonderful book. The author has created some truly exceptional characters. They are full of life and seem ‘real’. There is just enough humor to lighten the mood when necessary. I think this is a quick, easy read that will be enjoyed by all.”
Now I am wondering if I shouldn’t change the cover of this book to something darker and play up the fact that tragedy strikes to send the characters reeling. The following is the blurb I have always gone with.
Glenda was named (incorrectly) after Glinda the Good Witch and therefore, subconsciously, has spent her entire life trying to live up to the reputation of a fictional character. To the outside world, she’s succeeding. She appears to have it all, the perfect husband, two beautiful little girls, a nice house, good friends and a dog named Bono! To Glenda, it’s not all that it’s all cracked up to be. Life throws her some unexpected curves and her world begins to unravel.
What do you think? Should I change it to something like,
Having struggled with addiction in the past, Glenda has managed to conquer her demons and find the life she always dreamed of with the love of her life, or has she? When tragedy strikes, her world is turned upside down and she is left desperately trying to hold onto a life that no longer exists.