Today as ever was, he sent me a cover design I can share with you. I am made of squee.
Isn't it beautiful? It's the work of the wonderful Kathleen Jennings. I can't imagine an image that would more perfectly reflect Sophie's curiosity (that's Sophie, peering into the maze) about the overgrown maze on her grandmother's property and her family's history and the "Good Old Days" before the War of Northern Aggression her mother's always talking about. It also indicates that this is an old-fashioned book--in tone and pacing, if not in content or approach. I'm very, very happy.
Coming to a store near you (the Retail Gods willing) November 15, 2011. Although, of course, you can preorder: http://smallbeerpress.com/forthcoming/2011/03/02/the-freedom-maze/
ETA the link to Kathleen Jenning's gallery. It's glorious stuff. Do go look.