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Monday Mornings: A Novel Paperback – January 22, 2013
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And couldn't the designer have checked the layout on a Kindle before shipping this off to Amazon? Every single chapter has the first letter of the first word riding on the line above the rest of first word on its own line. Hard to say whether it was supposed to be a drop cap or a standing cap but when the chapters begin with the main character's name, Ty, that makes for a very odd layout:
y walked though Chelsea General feeling as though he suffered from a sort of hangover.
y's not the only one suffering. So's the reader.
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