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 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.