Greetings! It is I, Lao Tzu, ancient poet born from a shooting star, here to analyze the mystical significance of this Cover Reveal. Hilary tells me most modern people no longer bother to consult a sage about the details of their book launches; this is a very big mistake! Most supremely unwise! Most contrary to the Way! Without the wisdom of sages, how will you know the true meaning of anything? Lucky for Hilary, I came back from outer space just in time to drop some wisdom on WILD AWAKE. See for yourself...
Mystical Significance of Cover:
Aaaah. I see that she is becoming one with the Suchness, as represented by the transparency of her body against the cityscape. But is she achieving mystical union…or losing herself?
Furthermore, I note the prominence of the color orange—a revealing color indeed. Is it sunset or sunrise? The beginning or the end? Or have such distinctions fallen away in the divine chaos of ultimate transcendence? What is truth? Who can say? LAO TZU GETTING AGITATED! AAEUGHEUGHEUEUE!!!!
On-Sale Date: May 28, 2013 (both print and e-book)
Mystical Significance of On-Sale Date:
A very auspicious date indeed! Venus in seventh house! Mars ascending! Feast day of St. Accidia! Avoid peas; eat guavas; DO NOT TOUCH METAL OBJECTS; carry objects made of wool or paper; good day for business transactions; BAD DAY FOR RIDING CAMELS; good day for bicycles; BAD DAY FOR PLANTING LETTUCE; drink warm liquids; AVOID BATS; sleep with twelve paperclips under your pillow.
Mystical Significance of ISBN:
9+7+8+0+0+6+2+1+8+4+6+8+9 = number of coins you should bury in garden on pub date for maximum luck
9-7+8-0+0-6+2-1+8-4+6-8+9 = number of eggs your goose will lay on pub date (DO NOT EAT THEM)
9/7+8-0x0/6+2-1x8/4+6-8x9 = number whose mystical significance is so profound it will only be revealed after seven years of study with a qualified master
Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:
1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.
Mystical Significance of Blurb:
Blurb goes on jacket flap; wise man looks within.
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