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

Monday, September 01, 2014

Publication day for Glimmerglass!

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Full front quote:
I cannot recommend an author more 

than Marly Youmans, whose fantastic prose 
is absolutely gorgeous and haunting.
ébastien Doubinsky

Glimmerglass (Mercer, 9/2014),
Links: indies (search), online venues, and Mercer.
SIN: 0881464910 ISBN-13: 978-0881464917
Interior/exterior art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.

a novelist

Glimmerglass is a series of mirrors and panes that splinter and soften to let you fall deeper into the heart of myth and artistic desire. A resonant, beautiful exploration of fragile hopes and the courage that comes from resisting their trampling by others.   
        --Margo Lanagan, author of Sea Hearts, Black Juice, and others; winner of World Fantasy and Printz awards

an editor

You might not even know what you are seeking, but once inside the pages of Glimmerglass, you’ll find exactly what you need: “a cup of music, a hill of sea.” In the Republic of Letters, Marly Youmans is our Magician in Chief.   
       --John Wilson, Editor, Books and Culture

Clive Hicks-Jenkins sketch for Glimmerglass

a poet

I know of no writers other than Marly Youmans who has the genius to combine the spine-tingling suspense of Gothic storytelling with the immense charm, grace, glamour, realism, and simplicity of Hawthorne. Glimmerglass does more than shimmer and grip; it entertains and hypnotizes. Youmans, one of the biggest secrets of contemporary American fiction, writes with freshness and beauty. Whether she’s writing historical fiction or fantasy, her characters leave one breathless. Her ability to describe a person, a place, or the psychological underpinnings of a plot or individual, ranks with the great novelists, the highest literature. A tale of love and intrigue, mystery and pathology, Glimmerglass’ appeal is the warmth and charge of a tale told round a fire fused by Hitchcockian anxiety, empathy, and relief. Nature, architecture, dread, thrill, sexual dilemma, and murder echo against Youmans’ gorgeous prose and terrifying romance, which glides like a serpent―without a single extraneous or boring word. Youmans is my favorite storyteller. I come back to her as if to a holy well.
       --Jeffery Beam, award-winning poet
         of The Broken Flower, Gospel Earth, and many more books

pre-pub review
 This stylish contemporary variation on the Bluebeard legend from Youmans (A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage) serves up an appealing blend of myth, mystery, and magic... 
       --Publishers Weekly July 2014
Perhaps it was a sense of estrangement from the everyday that drew Cynthia Sorrel to the village of Cooper Patent. The failed painter was lured by the gate house with its seven doors, the lake with its tower, and the magical air of a place that couldn’t quite decide whether it was fictional, mythic, or real. The gate house should have been a first clue that she was on a journey, and soon she begins to glimpse and then to pursue a figure in the woods near her house, convinced she has seen the Muse.  
As she reclaims her calling as a painter and moves deeper into the uncanny world of Cooper Patent, Cynthia is finds herself at the heart of a labyrinth of mystery. She will have to navigate its dream depths and secrets, brilliant or dark, locked behind a door that opens into the earth.  
Sébastien Doubinsky writes, “I cannot recommend an author more than Marly Youmans, whose fantastic prose is absolutely gorgeous and haunting.” Now this “best-kept secret among contemporary American writers” (Books and Culture) has scaled the tree of books and plucked twigs of gothic romance, ghost tale, medieval dream vision, and belated coming-of-age story, with a leaf or two from the novel of manners and fantasy. The transformed result,Glimmerglass, is a gift to literature like no other.
A step on the way...
On August 13th, the book arrived at the warehouse.
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Books and Culture Magazine, August 27, 2014

Speaking of superb novels, let me recommend two others that will be appearing not too long after you receive this issue. In September, Knopf will publish Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which imagines the aftermath of a global pandemic of unprecedented ferocity. We follow a wandering troupe as they make their circuit in the upper Midwest, stopping at tiny settlements to perform Shakespeare and play music. In the same month, Mercer University Press will publish Marly Youmans' Glimmerglass, set in Cooper country in New York State, a book in which the fantastic and the quotidian are cunningly interlaced. These two novels have very little in common except for the quality of their imagination—but that is more than enough to make them kin.

A sample of the profuse interior decoration 
by Clive Hicks-Jenkins

A Clive-sketch for Glimmerglass!
A step on the way to the final jacket--soon the spine lettering 
would shrink a little, and other minor tinkering would happen.
And a larger version here.

detail of the jacket by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
book design by Burt and Burt
Mercer University Press, September 2014
A detail from the cover art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Mercer makes a postcard...

Lady Word of Mouth 
thanks you for noting the book's 
first day in the world.

Antique printer's flower
with harp to sing and wings to soar...

Upcoming events here


  1. I missed this because I am a spotty reader of this blog! But I am happy to know this. It would have been nice to have a link too... .

    1. Links are under "indies" (to Indiebound bookstore search), "Mercer" (to the press), and "online venues" (Amazon.) Maybe I should make links clearer and add bn.

  2. Marly, I tried to order the book at the Mercer site, but the form just keeps telling me my cart is empty. I'll call them later, I guess.

    1. Hmm, that's aggravating. Wonder what their hours are for ordering... I'll have to find out.

    2. The word is that the office is closed for Labor Day, but you can call tomorrow (or else order from the Amazonians, or else but only if you use the isbn.)

    3. I ordered on Amazon. Thanks Marly.

    4. Hope you like it... And thank you!

  3. FYI New book, new glitches--for some reason, the page has fallen off the page. I'll try and get that taken care of as soon as possible.

    1. It works if you put in the isbn number... 978-0881464917

  4. Congratulations, Marly. At last it's out there!

    No sign of it on Amazon UK yet, save to say it's unavailable. No doubt all that will change soon.

    Lots of love from your illuminator!

    1. Hmm, well, I hope so!

      Thank you for the light and life, Sir Illuminator...


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    1. Whee! Events coming up, but I celebrated by rambling the Farmer's Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum, and then coming home to picnic... Thanks.

  6. Ah, it's now listed on Amazon ca, coming soon! Could pre-order.

    1. Drat! Should be there already, really.

    2. Good things are worth waiting for!

    3. Thanks!

      The page is back up, too. Whew.

  7. I pre-ordered from B&N. Got a notice Monday that my order was going to be late--for "unaccountable reasons." Am hoping the reason is there were too damn many pre-orders to fill.

    1. At least you didn't get a "not available," which some did. Please hang in there with me! Evidently the copies that should have been at Ingram were not there. Having a few problems. Alas.


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.