Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Similar Covers: More Butterflies (Jar Optional)

I recently came across the cover for Original Sins: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom by Peg Kingman and right away the butterfly looked familiar. I’m pretty sure it’s the same butterfly that appears on the cover of The Sister by Poppy Adams. What do you think?

I also had a small collection of covers featuring butterflies in jars: The End of Alice by A.M. Homes, The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman and Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk: Growing Up in Polygamy by Dorothy Allred Solomon. I love all three of these covers, but especially the last one—there’s something about the blurriness that really appeals to me.

I’ve posted about similar butterfly covers before, as have Alea at Pop Culture Junkie, Kay at The Infinite Shelf (whose post featured two of the same covers as above!) and, more recently, Jacket Whys.

Edited to add:
I found another blog post about similar butterfly covers (in jars!) at Euro Crime that features a book with a familiar cover image: Life Sentences by Laura Lippman, which I added above. It’s my new favourite cover of the lot!


  1. Boy, those butterflies sure get around! ;)

  2. I read "The Sister" but it had a different cover.

  3. These are all lovely. I could sit down and get to know any one of them :)

  4. I think I favour The Heart Specialist...but only because I have a signed copy and it's set in Mtl! Though, the whole concept of butterflies trapped in jars is not one I'm crazy about. I know, I should look beyond that to the metaphor!

    And yep, I think you're right, the butterflies on Sister and Original Sins do look like the same one.

  5. Gwendolyn, butterflies are definitely popular on covers. I have a whole collection of blue butterfly covers I haven't posted yet!

    Jenners, I own The Sister, but I haven't read it yet. Did you enjoy it? (Ah, I just checked on your blog and saw you were disappointed. I hope I'm not!)

    Ti, I would definitely pick up any of these books (and in fact own two of them), except probably the A.M. Homes, but that's only because I'm scared of her fiction.

    Donna, The Heart Specialist definitely has a lovely cover too! (And I think I see the metaphor only, or at least I don't think of the cruelty of trapping butterflies when I look at these images.)

  6. The butterflies are lovely, but the ones in jars creep me out a little.

  7. J'adore ton jeu des similar covers! Souvenir d'enfance ou je jouais à ce jeu de cartes et je devais trouver des paires d'images... Si jamais tu veux un défi, fais l'exercice avec des couvertures de livres ayant des illustrations d'aliments...! Que veux-tu, c'est plus fort que moi, tout tourne autour de la bouffe! ;)

  8. Oh, I remember doing a butterfly feature a while ago, too! I had "The Sister" and "The Heart specialist", but not the other beautiful ones you have there. I love how the ones you picked all have similar tones. I think "original sin" and "the end of alice" are my favorites.

  9. I've updated this post with another exact match that I found on someone else's blog.

    Carol, I see how those covers are kinda creepy although I still love them!

    My translation of what Marieve said: "I love your similar covers' game. It reminds me of a game I used to play as a kid, where you had to find pairs of images. If you want a challenge, try this out with covers for food books. I can't help it, everything comes back to food with me!" [Marieve has a food blog.]

    Marieve, I used to love the Memory game as a kid, although I played it recently and my memory is terrible!

    Kay, I apologize for not mentioning your post too, especially since I used two of the same images (which I hadn't realized until you pointed it out)! Thanks for letting me know!