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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Coming in 2020

 Detail from artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins,
cover for Charis in the World of Wonders

Marly Youmans' historic novel 'Charis in the World of Wonders' chronicles the journey of its protagonist on her horseback flight from destruction to sanctuary and from sanctuary to an unexpected madness that had me gnawing my knuckles as I read.

Marly is a peerless writer and at Ignatius she has an editor and team doing everything to ensure that the book's jacket and the illustrations within do justice to her illuminating narrative. Not for the first time with Marly I'm steeped in a world of early American folk art, of embroidered samplers and nature not yet crowded out by man. At its heart, Charis on her courageous Hortus, who must carry her to safety and a new life. The image here is just a tiny corner of the cover artwork. It has been, as it always is in the company of Marly, a revelatory journey.

                     --Clive Hicks Jenkins, pilfered from his page on  facebook


  1. Horses, oh no. They scare me stiff. Those hooves! Shod in metal to inflict even worse damage. When I was five or six I overheard my Father tell my Mother about... No, even now, nearly eighty years after, I find myself unable to repeat that gut-churning revelation. Not your fault, of course.

    1. I have only once been on the back of a horse--a broad place, rather sweaty, as I recall. My husband and youngest son like to ride...


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.