Updated: Sep 2, 2021
Burn This City to the Ground Cover Reveal
A New Memoir by Author N. Daniel
Photo by N. Daniel - Cover Design by Between the Lines Publishing
This photo of Minneapolis was taken on a scorching hot day in the midst of the Canadian Wildfires in 2018. The smoke from the fires gave the sun and city a hazy atmosphere and an understated glow. Colors in the image were altered to match the cover layout of the novel's predecessor, Corners Untouched by Madness, and the swirls of smoke were also kept from the previous design. The buildings themselves were tweaked to a purplish hue in honor of recording artist and local icon, Prince, the Minnesota Vikings and the state's association to that specific color.
As Daniel recovers from a psychotic episode and months long mental health civil commitment, he befriends a youthful quadriplegic named Samantha who is dealing with life-threatening health problems. When cohabitation becomes necessary for Sam, caregiver and client both move to downtown Minneapolis to begin a new life together. Before they can get settled in, Daniel is diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and must undergo multiple surgeries. The two navigate the American healthcare system and work towards Samantha's eventual independence, however, their relationship becomes toxic when a global pandemic shakes the nation and George Floyd is murdered by Minneapolis police officers.
Based on the author's life, this endearing platonic love story is the gooey center of a turbulent world set aflame. Through the laughter and the tears, Samantha and Daniel play off each other like a tragic comedy duo that's hell bent on finding humor within the most savage aspects of their everyday lives.
Official Release Date
- December 7th, 2021 -