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|Full front quote:|
I cannot recommend an author more
than Marly Youmans, whose fantastic prose
is absolutely gorgeous and haunting.
Glimmerglass (Mercer, 9/2014),
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.
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...|
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|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...
|Antique printer's flower|
with harp to sing and wings to soar...