THE COVER for A Wife in Bangkok was designed by my publisher, She Writes Press. I loved this cover as soon as I saw it. The orchid is a symbol of Thailand, and orchids are discussed in the text of the book. The glass trapping the orchid is symbolic of how unable the protagonist, Crystal, is to improve the circumstances of her life in Bangkok without outside help. And the glass over the orchid reminds me of Sylvia Plath’s book The Bell Jar, in which she described her mental illness as follows, “To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” When I first read The Bell Jar in the 1960s, it had a profound effect on my view of society’s treatment of women and my understanding of mental illness. I am delighted that my cover is some reflection of that powerful book.