Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Thorn and the Blossom

The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss is a charmingly-packaged modern day love story loosely connected to the story of Gawain and the Green Knight. The story itself is a pleasant, albeit short page turner, illustrated by the excellent Scott McKowen. But what really makes the book special is its design.

The book is called A Two-Sided Love Story because it is a tale of two star-crossed lovers, split into two halves - - Evelyn's story and Brendan's story. The book itself is bound accordion-style. When you finish one lover's half of the story, you turn the book over and see the romance from the other lover's perspective:

It won't take anyone very long to read, but in this era of digital downloads, the design really turns the book into a memorable gift. You can preorder The Thorn and the Blossom for $11 at Amazon.