Because there are other books already in the marketplace under the title “Daybreak,” we’ve decided to retitle my novel. After weeks of back-and-forthing and probably two dozen candidates, we are going with “Slant of Light.” It has taken me a while, but I’m starting to like it.
It’s taken from the Emily Dickinson poem, which has always struck me as one of her most mysterious and evocative poems. The meaning of the poem seems close at hand, but never quite within one’s grasp…what is that certain slant of light, anyway? And why does it oppress? And why does it oppress like cathedral tunes? The questions go on and on.