Colin Meloy of The Decemberists debut novel: EW exclusive cover reveal

After all those nautically themed ballads, Colin Meloy, the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Decemberists, has written a novel. His literary debut, Wildwood, is a middle-grade fantasy (middle-grade is publisher-speak for Young Young Adult) set in an alternate-reality version of Meloy’s hometown, Portland, Ore., in which adventure and magic have replaced flannel and independent coffee houses. Take a look at the exclusive cover reveal below.

It’s got a cool, Wes Anderson-y feel to it that make me think it’d be perfect for any twelve-year-old with an ironic mustache.


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  • keith

    Love Meloy as a songwriter, so I’m very curious to check this out. Wish him all the best.

  • Ann

    His sister is an acclaimed fiction writer so maybe the talent runs in the family.

  • DJ

    love Carson Ellis’s art!

  • Noizeegirl

    Meloy’s home town is Helena Montana, not Portland Oregon as the article says.

    • Eric

      true, but i think they’re generalizing about where his band is based.

  • Stephanie

    This sounds interesting, I like the cover. I would give this a chance.

  • Lex

    I think my age categorizes me as just plain ‘young adult’ but it looks really interesting so I will be sure to check it out. besides i love children’s books :)

  • mariln

    As a 60+ young adult, I read a lot of young fiction and I am looking forward to this one. I love the Decemberists, and so does my 87 year old mom.

  • fromMarkHall

    Earth is for dead learners. Those gluttoness blackbirds fearing starvation and winter stuffed their bellies so full until they could no longer fly!!

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