Beam on Youmans

With my work on Glimmerglass almost done, in my files I came across an appreciation of the novel by poet Jeffery Beam. I’ve posted it at the Artlog before, but in the spirit of Jeffery’s love of Marly’s writing, I do so again, this time accompanied by some details of my completed art-work for the cover of the book.
‘I know of no writer 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 2013
Glimmerglass by Marly Youmans, due from Mercer University Press in 2014.

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