Hi folks! I have the honor of having Beth Kephart, the author of GOING OVER on my blog today. She's here to tell us how GOING OVER became the title of this novel, and by the end of the post, you'll be given an opportunity to not only win a copy of GOING OVER but also an audiobook courtesy of Chronicle Books. Take it from here, Beth!
GOING OVER wasn't always called GOING OVER. It had another name. All right,
since you asked, I'll tell you this much: The title had "Heroes" front and center.
All right, since you're inquisitive and you desperately want to know: I did all the
things an author is supposed to do when hoping to gain rights to fragments of
songs, especially when the fragments are already well-worn lines in the English
Rights were not given.
And so I went on a hunt for a new title for my Berlin 1983 tale. And so I returned
to a thought I'd had early on in the making of the book: why not graffiti this novel
about a graffiti artist with a little graffiti titling action right up front?
(Good idea, Beth.)
Here are some of the graffiti terms I did not choose:
Bustin' Out Your Arrows
Back to Back
I did not choose them for many reasons, but mostly because of this: I liked the
double-entendre of GOING OVER—a term that means, to the artists, to paint over
another's graffiti with your own, and a term that means, to the East Berliners in
my story, the chance for a break over the wall.
"It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn't the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way? National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart presents a story of daring and sacrifice, and love that will not wait"
Playlist including the sample songs of...
Heroes/Helden - David Bowie
Tear Me Down - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Somebody - Depeche Mode
99 LuftBalloons - Nena
Holidays In The Sun - The Sex Pistols
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Chant #1 (We Don't Need this Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet
Gentlemen Take Polaroids - Japan
The Passion of Lovers – Bauhaus
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Giveaway time! Thanks to Chronicle Books, I am giving away a copy of GOING OVER and an audiobook to one lucky winner. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will last two weeks and is only open to US and CA participants.
Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
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