Tuesday, May 15, 2012

from Quail Mail #638

From Nancy [Olson, owner of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC]:

Occasionally I read a new work of fiction that blows me away, and Marly Youman's A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage (Mercer $24) did just that. Every page in this book resonates with beautifully crafted language, a "universal melody that sings of deep loss and conciliation," and a moving story of a young boy, who after the death of his beloved younger brother, takes to the rails in Depression-era America. I agree with one reviewer that said this is destined to be an American classic. Come meet Marly at QRB on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.


  1. 'Quail Mail" - love that! You do keep getting marvellous reviews, and I can see why as I continue to read through the book slowly, deliciously, even with odd tremors of horror!

  2. Marja-Leena, so glad you are liking it as you go... Quail Mail is cute, isn't it? Good name for a customer newsletter.


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.