Cooperstown author Marly Youmans has won the Silver ForeWord Book of the Year Award in fiction for her 2012 novel, “A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage.”
ForeWord Reviews’ 15th annual Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of booksellers and librarians from across the United States, are announced each year at the American Library Association’s annual conference. BOTYA winners demonstrate the best work emerging from America’s university, independent and small press communities, according to a media release.
“A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage” also was the inaugural winner of The Ferrol Sams Award for fiction from Mercer University Press. The award honors the best novel or story collection that “speaks to the human condition in a Southern context,” the release said.
John Formy-Duval wrote of the book, “It is seldom that a novel from a small university press can compete with the offerings from the big houses in New York. ‘A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage’ may be the best novel this reviewer has read this year.”
“A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage” tells of a young boy’s travels through the heart of America during the depression and his search for light both metaphorical and real.
Lately Youmans has been on tour in the Carolinas, reading from the novel, as well as from two other 2012 books. “The Foliate Head” is a collection of formal poems publishing by Stanza Press in the UK.”Thaliad” is an adventure in blank verse from Phoenicia Publishing of Montreal.