I'm asking for your help please. The book, like its predecessors is about displacement - characters forced to move far away from their familiar surroundings - pushed out of their comfort zones and compelled to make the best of the awful things that I the evil author throw at them. It's also got a couple of other themes going on - Catholicism with its accompanying guilt, and the demon drink and its impact on a life. The period is Victorian - from around 1875. The locations - UK (Middlesbrough and Bristol) and the USA (New York and St Louis, Missouri.
Here are the options I have along with a bit of rationale for each. Please let me know what you think in the comments below or on my Facebook page or tweet me. If you have any other suggestions please do let me know. And thanks for the suggestions from my Facebook friends.
Drinking related titles
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest--
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"
I like the combination of drink and devil - given my themes of Catholicism and alcohol - but the book has no pirates.
The Third Glass - this is from a poem by George Herbert - and I rather like it.
"Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame when once it is within thee"
The downside with drink related titles is that the whole book is not about drink - just one character who falls prey to it.
Bridge related titles
This idea came from Jo Foster - thank you! Two of the places where the book is set are known for their bridges - Bristol for Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge - the favourite place for the lovers to meet early in the book, - St Louis for the Eads Bridge - which was the longest arched bridge in the world when it was opened in 1874 - spanning the Mississippi. Middlesbrough also has a famous bridge - the Tees Transporter Bridge - but that didn't open until 1911. I like the idea of bridges as it fits with displacement - crossing to the unknown on the other side. Since View From the Bridge is taken here are the options:
Over the Bridge
Beyond the Bridge
Crossing the Bridge
On the Bridge
"I cried for madder music and for stronger wine,
But when the feast is finished and the lamps expire,
Then falls thy shadow, Cynara! the night is thine;
And I am desolate and sick of an old passion,
Yea, hungry for the lips of my desire:
I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion."
To tell the truth, Cynara's Shadow is my preferred title. I like a two word title. I just have a nagging doubt that it might be a little obscure. And cynara is the Greek word for artichoke! But Gone with the Wind took its title from the same poem.
Please tell me what you think!