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Rough South, Rural SouthRegion and Class in Recent Southern Literature$
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Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802330

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802330.001.0001

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Steve Yarbrough: Transplanted Mississippian

Steve Yarbrough: Transplanted Mississippian

(p.191) Steve Yarbrough: Transplanted Mississippian
Rough South, Rural South

Thomas E. Dasher

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Steve Yarbrough's fiction, which is often set in Mississippi, particularly in Indianola, where he grew up, or in the fictional town of Loring, its fictional near twin. Yarbrough fills his work with people who, if they ever leave home, must return to it. They don't necessarily return to the Eden they may think has been waiting for them, but they do return. In many ways they have never left, of course, for their home creates the context for the rest of their lives. This is evident in Yarbrough's first novel, The Oxygen Man (1999). Yarbrough's other novels include Visible Spirits (2001), The End of California (2006), and Safe from the Neighbors (2010).

Keywords:   fiction, Steve Yarbrough, Mississippi, Indianola, The Oxygen Man, novels, Visible Spirits

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