B&N Teen has the honor of revealing the cover for Monday’s Not Coming, the second novel from Tiffany D. Jackson, the author Allegedly, a novel that sparked controversy with its dark and sometimes disturbing content. Jackson’s sophomore effort doesn’t shy away from dangerous truths either. Again, it builds on things the author noted happening in the community around her, things that lay just below the surface, undiscussed and perhaps purposely ignored. With this one, too, she dug deep into research before putting pen to paper. Here, Jackson talks about the book’s timely themes and how the cover was designed to spark conversation.
As a teen, did you ever have moments where you were speaking truth, asking hard-hitting questions, but adults refused to listen or respect your concerns? Do you remember that teeth grinding feeling of utter helplessness and frustration? Screaming but no one could hear your voice? I had dozens of those moments and tried to capture them on each page of Monday’s Not Coming.
In Monday’s Not Coming, we meet a girl named Claudia whose best friend is missing and no one seems to notice until she shows up…one year later. We follow Claudia’s painstaking mission to convince everyone around her that something is wrong. Through the relationships with her beloved Southeast D.C. family and classmates, you’ll see the toll gentrification and mental health takes on her community as she battles against time. But the very core of the story focuses on the fierce love between two best friends, willing to do anything to save one another.
I turned in the first draft of Monday’s Not Coming a week before the story on the missing black teen girls in Washington D.C went viral (#missingDCgirls). At the time, more than a hundred girls had been reported missing and the city and media’s lack of concern sparked outrage. The similarities within this book were eerie but unintentional. Missing black girls in D.C were nothing new to me. I lived there for a few years after graduating Howard University and take pride in calling D.C. my second home. Much like my first book, Allegedly, the story is loosely inspired by a real case, requiring extensive research, and I’m excited to bring some of my favorite aspects of D.C. culture to the page, like go-go music and slang.
Erin Fitzsimmons, the brilliant mastermind behind Allegedly’s artwork, also designed the cover for Monday’s Not Coming. Erin is excellent at absorbing my suggestions and putting her own spin on simplicity. I only had two requests: 1) Find a girl with braids. 2) All red everything. Color is such a huge part of Claudia’s psyche and how she indentifies her surroundings.
The girl chosen is haunting, the red evocative, and the font striking. It’s the exact imagery I want people to hold in their heads as they read this story.