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Most of my GR Friends ave Steve Yarbrough s Safe From the Neighbors 4 stars Why not 5 4 or 5 5 or 4 Perhaps this has a bit to do with the text that The Key of David goes along with the ratings 4 I really liked it 5 it was amazing If Iive this book 5 stars does that mean nothing else can touch it Once again I m conflicted by the use of stars but for me Mr Yarbrough I m a new fan deserves my 5I heard Steve Yarbrough speak at Booktopia Vermont 2013 At first he reminded or a rock musician and if you In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories go to his website you ll see him playing theuitaror perhaps a football player Never would I have Good Enough to Share (Good Enough guessed author I kept hearing his name all weekend and everywhere I went people kept asking if I had read any of his books I hadn t After I heard Steve s talk I knew he d be on my list Safe From the Neig My first book by Steve Yarbrough and he is fabulous Interesting subject about which sadly I am learning how much I do not know Civil rights Specifically an incident that occurred in 1962 on the campus at Oxford Mississippi I never knew about the drama that erupted there over a boy trying to enroll in college The storyoes back forth from current to the 1960s and includes racial violence as well as family dramamarriages in crisis All told from the point of view of Luke May a high school history teacherI have at least two Steve Yarbrough books ueued I m looking forward to a high school history teacherI have at least two Steve Yarbrough books ueued I m looking forward to him in person this spring Yarbrough s novel depicts the intersection of public and private histories the things we struggle to forget and can t help but remember from our personal and collective past in his story of a history teacher who attempts to excavate his own troubled family s involvement in the brutal events of the civil rights era in Mississippi while succumbing to the siren song of childhood love and nostalgia An excellent novel I liked this book but what kept me from I Never Danced with an Eggplant (on a Streetcar Before) giving it a higher rating was that it just sort of ended abruptly I was enjoying the story and the main characters and then it just sort of ended It was well written but left me with uestions Looking over my Goodreads reviews the other day I realized I was a little tooenerous with my stars I will o ahead and put it out there that I am not a person who forces herself to slog. Luke May teaches local history—his lifelong obsession—at his old high school in Loring Mississippi Having been mentored by his hometown newspaper’s publisher a survivor of the civil rights turmoil he now passes these stories along to students far too young to have experienced or in some cases even heard about themBut when a long lost friend suddenly returns to Loring where years ago her family had been shattered by an act of spectacular violence Safe from the Neighbors

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Ely breaks the usual mold of what I typically read and enjoy But this book has some important things to say on relationships racism family history attitudes in the south and loyalty Specifically on the topic of racism there are some really ignorant bigoted people out there which is unfortunate but does that mean their entire lives are loathsome That they aren t multi dimensional human beings capable of compassion and sacrifice I don t think so As Steve Yarbrough said this weekend when I heard him speak I think if a person is 51% Good They Re Doin they re doin Just like the main character of this novel Yarbrough is soft spoken yet elouent Even though this book isn t plot heavy it runs deepDefinitely recommend Especially on audio I just love that professorial southern drawl 3 Really ood until the end the vague ending was a disappointment luke may vague ending was a disappointment Luke May a likable high school history teacher leading an unremarkable life in Loring Mississippi a small town with a dubious history Luke s marriage is at a dead end and his parents health is deteriorating but his own love of local history and his realistic compassion and understanding for the townspeople keep him oing Into this inertia steps Maggie Sorrentino a lamorous French teacher with a mysterious and tragic "past which Luke eventually learns is closely tied to his own family s history His attempts to learn and unravel the "which Luke eventually learns is closely tied to his own family s history His attempts to learn and unravel the of a long past night lead Luke Maggie into an affair whichas these things willeventually enmeshes far than just the two lovers Publishers Weekly notes that Safe From the Neighbors is hobbled by the ordinariness of its characters and the situations they find themselves in I disagree with the use of hobbled The characters very ordinariness is what makes the story resonate No one is a hero no one is entirely a villain The bombastic barbershop proprietor the redneck members of Loring s Citizens Council the overbearing dismissive banker are all recognizable to anyone who has lived in a small farming town particularly in the southern reaches of the US Luke s attempts to learn about his fathera man far complex than his son ever suspectedalso ring clear and true I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it as a thoughtful considered read. Uma soon spills over into his own life With his parents unwilling or unable to help him unlock secrets whose existence he’d never suspected this amateur historian is soon entirely consumed by an obscure past he can neither explain nor control—a First Steps to Wealth gripping reminder that the past isn’t dead or even past Once again Steve Yarbrough powerfully evokes—as David Guterson put it—“not only historicalrief but the rief of our own timeâ?. Through a book she hates So anything that makes it to a status of Read is ood enough for me to finish status of Read is ood enough for me to finish that s not the same thing as really thinking it s a ood book I read Yarbrough s new book in one night *WHICH I GUESS SAYS SOMETHING BUT IT S PROBABLY *I uess says something but it s probably least favorite of it s probably the least favorite of that I ve read and the I thought about it the less I liked it The only aspect I really enjoyed was the fact that it took place in Mississippi and made me a little homesickFrom now onFive stars I loved it might reread it one day and would recommend it to anyone or less without reservationsFour stars I liked it a lot It might be that it s the kind of book I particularly enjoy but don t think are that reat as works of art A compelling but non literary mystery maybe Would only recommend it to people who I know like books of the same typeThree stars probably wouldn t recommend it to anyone unless I knew they liked the author Good enough to finish but either forgettable or aggravatingly sloppy or badly constructedOne or two stars these will not be used in eneral since I don t finish or rate books I don t like But maybe if it was a book club selection or otherwise reuired it would et one or two When books have reviews by acclaimed authors like Richard Russo John Grisham Jill McCorkle and Tom Perrotta I always begin with a wary and careful eye Is it really Edwin (The Northumbrian Thrones going to be thatood In this case a resounding YES Yarbrough seems to be an undiscovered The Phoenix Project gem in ourroup of US southern writers Perhaps not but I had never heard of him before This book has a well developed story almost mystery and carefully drawn characters And the dialogue is amazing I won t say anything else discover it for yourself and enjoy the journey Sadly I am on a bad book streak I hated the main character in this book He was a whining jerk The story seemed like it had some mystery a teacher tries to unravel a murder in the 1960s and a family that his dad doesn t want to talk about The mystery was slowly revealed but it was not a mystery that was very interesting Just really hated this book wish that I had stopped wasting my time reading it But I am an optimist and kept hoping it would et better This is a very character driven novel with a minimal plot which definit. Uke begins to realize that his connection with her runs deeper both personally and politically than he ever imagined Just children in 1962 they had no sense of what was happening when James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss provoked a bloody new battle in the old Civil War much less its impact on their fathers’ ambiguous friendshipOnce his daughters leave for Ole Miss and with his marriage at an impasse Luke’s investigation of this decades old tra.