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Family Men

A collection of stories by

In this collection of stories award-winning writer Steve Yarbrough effortlessly evokes the special qualities of small-town southern life as he examines - with subtle humor, keen insight, and unfailing sympathy - the relationships between ordinary men and women. Set in the Mississippi Delta, these stories chronicle the lives of men and women, often economically disadvantaged, who struggle through the complexities of life during the second half of the twentieth century. Though not explicitly political, the stories are set against a backdrop of a racially torn society in which inequality plays a daily role.

Yarbrough's characters, though frequently baffled by life, achieve a kind of wisdom, if not happiness, through the bonds they develop. These eleven stories tell of a feisty, aging woman who finds pleasure in irritating her son-in-law, a barmaid who seeks to reorder her life by joining a church, a college student in an affair with an older woman, and a paralyzed country and western singer. Family Men is distinguished by seamless craftsmanship and shrewd insight into the human condition.

Originally released in hardcover in 1990, Family Men was the first published story collection by Yarbrough. This Southern Revivals edition includes a new introduction by the author and a contextualizing preface from series editor Robert H. Brinkmeyer, director of the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

September 1990 : USA Hardback

Title: Family Men: Stories
Author(s): Steve Yarbrough
ISBN: 0-8071-1619-X / 978-0-8071-1619-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: Family Men: Stories (Southern Revivals)
Author(s): Steve Yarbrough
ISBN: 1-61117-667-0 / 978-1-61117-667-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
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