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

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Reading at The Green Toad etc.


A reading from A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage for Cooperstown-Oneonta area readers: I'm so glad that we changed the date on this one--maybe I'll have my voice completely back by this date. Post-laryngitis, I would have croaked like a green toad, certainly! A Bacallian green toad.  Now set for Thursday, April 12th, 7 p.m.

New online:
Brand new: "The Fugitive Light" at qarrtsiluni 
In the past week: "Sakura" at International Arts Movement's The Curator
Also: chapter one of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage at Scribd

In A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage, Marly Youmans gives us a beautifully written and exceptionally satisfying novel. The book reads as if Youmans took the best parts of The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, The Reivers, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and crafted from them a tale both magical and fine. Her rich language and lovely turns of phrase invite the reader to linger. Ironically, there is at the same time a subtle pressure throughout the novel to turn the page, because Youmans has achieved that rarest of all accomplishments: she has created a flawed hero about which we care. A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage is one of the best books I have read.
--Raymond L. Atkins


  1. Hope sales are proceeding apace.

  2. Robbi,

    I am hoping for affection from Lady Luck! And contributing some hard work to win her attentions...

  3. Paul,

    Thank you so much! You are a capital gardener, I presume! XD


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.