The galleys of my first novel, Losing Kei, have arrived. These are the pre-publication copies of the book that are being sent to potential reviewers. I loved the cover before, but I love it even more because I think that the child facing the camera is deaf.
My daughter’s tutor was examining the badge on the child’s uniform and made out the letters for “rougakko,” which means, “deaf school.” I showed it to a couple of other people, and they confirmed it. And the more I look at it, the more I think it looks like “rougakko.”
The child in my story isn’t deaf, but I have a deaf child, so this secret detail gives the cover a special meaning for me.