"Amazing, mesmerizing, filled with pithy wisdom, THALIAD is a work of genius which also seems particularly relevant to our own time." --Lee Smith Thaliad, a book-length epic poem written in blank verse, tells the story of a group of children, survivors of an apocalypse, who make an arduous journey of escape and then settle in a deserted rural town on the shores of a beautiful lake. There, they must learn how to survive, using tools and knowledge they discover in the ruins of the town, but also how to live together. At the heart of the story is the young girl Thalia, who gradually grows to womanhood, and into the spiritual role for which she was destined. Following in the great tradition of narrative poetry, Thaliad tells a gripping story populated with sharply-drawn, memorable characters whose struggles illuminate the complexity of human behavior from its most violent to most noble. At the same time, through its accessible language and style, the epic presents wholly contemporary questions about what is necessary not only for physical survival, but for the flourishing of the human spirit.
Marly Youmans is the author of three poetry collections, five novels, and several books of Southern fantasy for children. She is the winner of various national awards, including The Michael Shaara Award and The Ferrol Sams Award. Currently she is serving on the judging panel for the 2012 National Book Award in Young People's Literature. A native of South Carolina, she grew up in Louisiana, North Carolina, and elsewhere. Ms. Youmans currently lives in the village of Cooperstown, New York with her husband and three children.