Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Saturday, April 02, 2005

"The Gate House" forthcoming

"The Gate House," a novella set in the peculiar landscape of Templeton, is forthcoming in Argosy Quarterly 4. Templeton is the setting for a number of my stories. It is a step away from Cooperstown, where I now live (in a large and comfortable bank of snow.) Meanwhile Cooperstown is a step away from reality because it mixes what we call reality with places Fenimore Cooper created or wrote about and transformed in his novels. Cooper used the name Templeton, but my Templeton is neither his nor wholly the Cooperstown where I live or where he lived but a village that revels in and aggrandizes its fictionality (handed down from Cooper) and its more peculiar traits. Cooperstonians will recognize the gate house, Christ Church, and Glimmerglass/Lake Otsego.