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A heart-stopping story—by an award-winning novelist—located at the dead center of Southern mythology and our most intransigent national trauma.

The Mississippi Delta, fabled “South of the South,” is replete with plantations carved from the wilderness, rich soil and King Cotton, with field chants and blues laments, violence and tragedy. In this austerely beautiful landscape,

by 1902, Reconstruction is being encroached upon by Jim Crow. And in the town of Loring, the tenure of a black postmistress is compromised when the prodigal son of a once mighty planting family returns home. A gambler run

out of luck and a great many venues, he finds his diminished prospects as unappealing as the political moderation of his brother, now both mayor and editor of the newspaper. Their fraternal tension quickly spreads through the countryside—some citizens striving for the better world ostensibly promised, others for the vestigial antebellum order. Caught squarely in the center of this tortured dynamic is the postmistress herself, her fate further complicated when President Roosevelt, on federal grounds, intervenes personally.

And so this local, even familial dispute inevitably erupts, fueled by all the dark, brutal memories of slavery, civil war and emancipation. In this crucible of race relations and mythology, people black and white alike are tested relentlessly by history and human nature, by passions at once ambivalent and fierce. And with this masterful novel, Steve Yarbrough confronts character with morality, love with hatred, reason with blood—and with great authority and compassion he extends a rich tradition of our national literature.

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In 1902, small-town Loring, Mississippi, is torn apart by the escalating rivalry between a black postmistress and the prodigal son of a fallen plantation family. By the author of The Oxygen Man. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Underlying racial tensions erupt when a gambler takes advantage of a perceived slight from an African American woman leading to a clash with his brother the mayor.

About the Author

Steve Yarbrough is the author of three collections of stories and a novel, The Oxygen Man, which received the Mississippi Authors’ Award, the California Book Award and a third from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. A native of the Delta town of Indianola, he now lives in Fresno, California.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307430069
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Steve Yarbrough
Author:
Yarbrough, Steve
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020813
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Visible Spirits: A Novel
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Product details 288 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307430069 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1902, small-town Loring, Mississippi, is torn apart by the escalating rivalry between a black postmistress and the prodigal son of a fallen plantation family. By the author of The Oxygen Man. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Underlying racial tensions erupt when a gambler takes advantage of a perceived slight from an African American woman leading to a clash with his brother the mayor.
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