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Can a girl who has lost everything find her way among Puritan New England?

Thursday, March 26, 2020  
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New novel details journey of young woman in 17th century New England

SAN FRANCISCO — After witnessing the massacre of her family during the late 1800s in early colonial New England, young Charis must find her way through the wilderness to find the peace she desperately seeks in CHARIS IN THE WORLD OF WONDERS, published by Ignatius Press.

The novel is written by Marly Youmans, an award-winning author of fiction and poetry whose other novels include Catherwood, The Wolf Pit, Glimmerglass, Maze of Blood and A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. She also is a practicing Episcopalian.

Set in Puritan New England, CHARIS IN THE WORLD OF WONDERS delves into a different sort of challenges and obstacles to peace and renewal than those faced in the modern day, although readers will recognize parallels in the hardships the heroine faces in friendships, love and faith.

Streams of darkness run through the 17th century villages of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Charis faces the fears of the occult of her town, which are projected on her own innocent life. Charis needs to lean on her new husband and adopted family to escape the likely death sentence of an overanxious town set on destroying her.

“Imagine if William Faulkner had decided to rewrite Last of the Mohicans. What you would have is something like ‘Charis in the World of Wonders’ — a wild adventure tale written with grace and insight. Youmans' prose is fluid, sharply witty and deeply rich in symbolism— the work of a master," said J. Augustine Wetta, OSB, author of The Eighth Arrow and Humility Rules.

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Marly Youmans, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.     

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