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

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Midnight Crier at 2:00 a.m.: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books praises "Ingledove"

Trade pre-pubs are coming out...

Much of this review is an accurate summary, ending with the comments that:

Youmans' wordcraft is both subtle and expressive ("She was slender, starting to bud, though no more than that; people often said she had lovely eyes or hair or lips, as if they could see only a piece of her at a time"). Characterization is convincing--especially well drawn are the lonely Jarrett and Ingledove herself... [some summary here]. Deft writing and the unusual yet down-home setting make this an engaging historical fantasy.