Books by Steve Yarbrough

THE UNMADE WORLD by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Despite his book's depiction of dark realities—the guilt and despair of the characters' interior lives is matched by political turmoil in both the U.S. and Eastern Europe—Yarbrough's pensively hopeful view of people' capacity to endure, even prosper, shines through."
Despite graphic deaths and a variety of police cases, Yarbrough's 11th work of fiction (The Realm of Last Chances, 2013, etc.) is less a murder mystery than an exploration of how abruptly lives can go off the rails. Read full book review >
THE REALM OF LAST CHANCES by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Eschewing flashy verbal fireworks, Yarbrough has written a deeply intelligent and wildly moving story about the many permutations of love, betrayal and redemption."
Having plumbed the moral complexities of his native Mississippi (Safe From The Neighbors, 2010, etc.), Yarbrough takes a risk in moving his focus to a New England town where a middle-aged married couple has relocated from California. Read full book review >
SAFE FROM THE NEIGHBORS by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2010

"Loring is Yarbrough's Yoknapatawpha County, and he uses what in other hands could be a banal plot to bring to vital life the complicated interplay of cause and coincidence in history and individual lives."
A Mississippi high-school teacher can't separate his hometown's uneasy past from his own in this thoughtful novel from Yarbrough (The End of California, 2006, etc). Read full book review >
THE END OF CALIFORNIA by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2006

"Yarbrough fulfills the novelist's chief task, by giving weight and import to human actions."
Yarbrough returns to Loring, Miss. Read full book review >
PRISONERS OF WAR by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2004

"Philosophically troubling, artistically thrilling, and thoroughly impressive."
Stark, haunting third novel by Yarbrough (Visible Spirits, 2001, etc.) limns a Mississippi Delta community whose destiny is grimly shaped by the war thousands of miles away. Read full book review >
VISIBLE SPIRITS by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2001

"Few characters here get what they deserve in life, a characteristically southern insight Yarbrough delivers in fluid prose."
A competent if slightly flat instance of classic southern gothic, set in shabbily reconstructed Loring, Mississippi, during1902, as the federal government appoints a "colored" woman postmistress. Read full book review >
THE OXYGEN MAN by Steve Yarbrough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A wrenching, compassionate portrayal of wasted lives in explosive conflict."
A superb first novel, about a doomed Mississippi family, by the author of three story collections (Family Men, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >