Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Friday, October 26, 2012

Novelist Lee Smith on Thaliad


Pre-orders for the limited edition hardcover of Thaliad will begin on November 1st at the Phoenicia Publishing website, and by the close of the month the book will be springing out into the world, turning handstands and flashing its lovely Clive Hicks-Jenkins artwork and Elizabeth Adams design at passers-by. Here is a foretaste.

In THALIAD, Marly Youmans has written a powerful and beautiful saga of seven children who escape a fiery apocalypse----though "written" is hardly the word to use, as this extraordinary account seems rather "channeled" or dreamed or imparted in a vision, told in heroic poetry of the highest calibre. Amazing, mesmerizing, filled with pithy wisdom, THALIAD is a work of genius which also seems particularly relevant to our own time.
          --Lee Smith
Lee Smith is the award-wining author of 16 books of fiction. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

1 comment:

  1. Postscript: I made a public facebook page for Thaliad today, even though it was the dopiest day possible for such things... Monday is the go-to day, so They Say. But it just passed the 100-like mark anyway, so here's a little celebration: whee!

    So wander over to facebook if you like. And a page for Thaliad will be up here on November 1st.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.