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, September 04, 2014

More "10 books that haunt me"

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1995
paperback, Bard, 1996
Editions from Literary Guild, Claasen Verlag,
Editions Anne Carriere, Ediciones B. Also in braille.

Thanks to director/producer Stacy Title for including me on her "10 books that haunt me" list--I'm glad to be popping up in such places, and it's interesting to see preferences. (See Midori Snyder's list here, with a different book of mine. Midori writes fantasy and mythic fiction, as well as essays on folklore and myth.)
A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
Waiting for the Barbarians, Coetzee
A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Connor
The Wasp Factory, Ian Banks
Paris Trout, Pete Dexter
The Child in Time, Ian McEwan
Shot in the Heart, Mikal Gilmore
Catherwood, Marly Youmans
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks
Roman Fever, Edith Wharton.

"one of the glories of American fiction from the last 50 years" 
John Wilson, editor Books and Culture, June 11, 2014
  • FORTHCOMING in a new edition. The Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover, the large print hardcover, and the Bard Imprint (William Morrow) paperback are all out of print.
  • Book Club rights:  A Literary Guild Alternate Selection
  • Best Ten Books of 1996, The Spectator (Raleigh)
  • Best Books of 1996, The Anniston Star
  • Best Five Books of 1996, The Rocky Mountain News
  • Nominated for The National Book Award by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
More here.

Quote best befitting this frog-eating day:

If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning.
And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.
        --Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens


  1. Oh I love the Twain quote! I seem to be on a frog diet these days...get it done early or the days dissipates into lying on the couch and reading novels.

    1. Hi Midori!

      I'm trying to eat my frogs early, bulging eyes and all. I've got a lot of jumbo frogs to eat in the next two months. Definitely all frog diet. Hope it's not too calorie-rich.


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.