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, May 20, 2005

The Midnight Crier at 2:00 a.m.: Ingledove's Chickens Contest

As there are already two responses to a tiny e-mailing, I'd better post a copy of the contest here:

Win an inscribed copy of"Ingledove"
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005)
ISBN: 0374335990
In stores May 7

Praise from DIANA WYNNE JONES: INGLEDOVE is a marvelous book. I loved it and thought it was even better than Marly Youmans's first book about the magic land of Adantis, The Curse of the Raven Mocker, where the inhabitants and their magic are half Cherokee, half Border Celtic. I loved the way the Hidden Land materializes around you as you read as naturally as breathing. And the magic seems to arise almost as naturally--though it can be as sudden and cruel as a snakebite--and all of it is always breathtakingly wonderful. Then, instead of leaving you simply gasping at her marvels, Marly Youmans has the courage and the good sense to point out that experiences of this order cause people to change. I really admired this book.
Further reviews, pictures, and interview available at

How to win: Leave a comment, witty or serious, that includes the words "chicken" and "Ingledove" anywhere on Marly's news page,, between May 20 and July 30. Click on the word "Comments" under any entry, current or archival, to leave a message (Do not use the envelope symbol!). Winner will be chosen by a chicken, if handy, or else by pulling names from a top hat. TBA July 30 on the site.

Ages 10 to 110!

Questions? Write camellia [at]marlyyoumans [dot] com.

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