Family Men: Stories

Steve Yarbrough, Author Louisiana State University Press $17.95 (167p) ISBN 978-0-8071-1619-7
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.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Paperback - 184 pages - 978-1-61117-667-4
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