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Family men
Yarbrough, Steve, 1956-
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1990.
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167 pages ; 23 cm
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A collection of stories published since 1984 in journals that include Cimarron review, Kansas quarterly, Missouri review, Literary review, and Hudson review. Yarbrough writes of small-town southern life with humor and insight. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Author Notes

Steve Yarbrough is the author of three story collections & a novel, "The Oxygen Man", which received the Mississippi Author's Award, the California Book Award, & a third from the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters. He lives in Fresno, California.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Several of the 11 stories in Yarbrough's first book are delights--taut, masterfully executed efforts tracing the growth of character. Even those that are slightly off the mark are revealing in their depictions of quirky Southern poor whites with precious few aspirations: ``After awhile you found yourself shopping Wal-Mart for excitement, and you began to hate Christmas.'' The title, however, is something of a misnomer--the stories are less about family men than about men and women trying to cope with severely limited choices: an elderly woman finds her life inevitably slipping; men come to terms with their alcoholic and philandering fathers; an athlete, romantically involved with a former teacher, flunks out, yet eventually becomes a scholar obsessed with literature, far more mature than his collegiate peers. The bleakness of Yarbrough's landscape is thus richly tempered by the promise of a modest deliverance. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Yarbrough's collection is a compassionate portrait of small-town life in the Deep South. Indianola, Mississippi is often the setting, and often the narrator looks back at the misunderstood events of childhood, at the complexities of family relationships. Affection tempers regret. In ``Some Glad Morning,'' Moody, a promising young man with a football scholarship to Ole Miss, has an accident that confines him to a wheelchair two weeks after he marries Rae and just before they are both to begin college. Moody sings in a local bar in the evenings. His wife Rae begins an affair with a former high school teacher who has spent time in jail. ``When she was eighteen, she'd felt forty. Now she was twenty-eight and for a few hours every evening she felt eighteen.'' Yarbrough treats his characters gently. Lives get sidetracked, but family ties are deep and redeeming. These stories are regional in setting, but they are universal in appeal.-- Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.