• Title: Safe from the Neighbors
  • Author: Steve Yarbrough
  • ISBN: 9780307271709
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Safe from the Neighbors 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
    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 them.But when a long lost friend suddenly returns toLuke 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 them.But when a long lost friend suddenly returns to Loring, where years ago her family had been shattered by an act of spectacular violence, Luke 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 friendship.Once his daughters leave for Ole Miss, and with his marriage at an impasse, Luke s investigation of this decades old trauma 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 gripping reminder that the past isn t dead, or even past Once again Steve Yarbrough powerfully evokes as David Guterson put it not only historical grief but the grief of our own time.

    One Reply to “Safe from the Neighbors”

    1. Most of my GR Friends gave 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 goes along with the ratings. 4 = I really liked it 5 it was amazing. If I give 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 5.I heard Steve Yarbrough speak at Booktopia Vermont 2013. At first he reminded more or a rock musician and i [...]

    2. 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 going to be that good? In this case, a resounding YES. Yarbrough seems to be an undiscovered gem in our group 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, disco [...]

    3. 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 story goes back & forth from current to the 1960s and includes racial violence as well as family drama/marriages in crisis. All told from the point of view of Luke May, a hig [...]

    4. 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 get better.

    5. Yarbrough, Steve. SAFE FROM THE NEIGHBORS. (2010). *****. Yarbrough can really write. I’ve been reading his books for years now and each one gets better and better. In this novel he tells the story of Luke May, a high school history teacher at his old high school in Loring, Mississippi. As a young man growing up, he was mentored by Loring’s newspaper publisher, a survivor of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. He knew first hand about those events, and passed them on to Luke. Luke, in tu [...]

    6. This is a very character driven novel with a minimal plot, which definitely 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 an [...]

    7. 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.

    8. I want to read/listen to more from Steve Yarbrough. Thank you BOTNS for introducing me to a new author. I look forward to meeting Steve in April 2013 at Booktopia Vermont. Having lived there, I love stories set in Mississippi. Now to listen Prisoners of War

    9. So happy I've been introduced to Steve Yarbrough. His characters and plot are deep and thought provokingd the writing is sublime.I listened to this and the reader, T. Ryder Smith, totally inhabited the narrator and all of the other characters (male and female) that he portrayed.This book was a pleasure and I'm so anxious to meet the author at Booktopia Vermont.

    10. I liked this book, but what kept me from 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 questions.

    11. Luke May is 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 going. Into this inertia steps Maggie Sorrentino, a glamorous French teacher with a mysterious and tragic past, which Luke eventually learns is closely tied to his own family' [...]

    12. Looking over my reviews the other day I realized I was a little too generous with my stars. I will go ahead and put it out there that I am not a person who forces herself to slog through a book she hates. So anything that makes it to a status of "Read" is good enough for me to finish, but that's not the same thing as really thinking it's a good book. I read Yarbrough's new book in one night--which I guess says something. But it's probably the least favorite of his that I've read, and the more I [...]

    13. This book has all the ingredients to make it great: old crime, lots of history, racial tensions, really good writing. Except it disintegrates about 2/3 of the way in. I loved it at the beginning and even thought I found a new favourite author, but then the problems started. (spoiler) The narrator's affair is somehow sad, weird (he had a crush on her mother as a child) and shabby, which perhaps is what the author intended, but it takes the focus away from the mystery and makes the book unattracti [...]

    14. This is probably the best book I have read in a long time. It feels so real; like it's a non-fiction memoir.* I love the way Mr. Yarbrough has woven seemingly unrelated vignettes from history, family stories, and childhood of the character into the narrative -- which then become so obviously essential to the tale he is telling!As soon as I read the last word, I wanted to right back to the beginning and read it again because I *KNOW* I missed a lot. And I *KNOW* all those odd little elements will [...]

    15. I read this in one day, pressured by the deadline od discussing it at the library tomorrow. Due to many twists and turns, it will be helpful that its all fresh in my mind. I was disappointed because I thought the bok wqas going to be about race relations in the South which I am keen to discuss since the movie the HElp that I saw recently was powerful ad great to discuss. Instead this is a story bout betrayal. what the author does that is interesting is to fill in the details of stories in a skew [...]

    16. I loved this boo--and I finally finished it! I had it out of the library and then had to return it because someone had a hold on it that was not me. It is a multi-layered story, about a man who gets caught up in a story from the past--and with it he gets equally wrapped up in a woman from the past, and the two stories are told together. THe old story, of a man getting involved with an affair and sort of moving from one thing to another, without really taking a moment to look at the whole picture [...]

    17. Events from the past are still influencing and confusing the present in this book about a man trying to understand what led up to the murder of a neighbor decades earlier, a quest sparked by the return of her daughter to the area and this man's life. The violence surrounding the civil rights struggles in Mississippi and the shame that evokes also play a role here. As he begins to uncover the facts, his own recollections and memories, character and feelings are challenged and altered. The questio [...]

    18. While the setting is current, the backdrop is James Meredith’s enrollment at Ole Miss. Yarbrough shows how difficult the civil rights era was for small towns in Mississippi and the long lasting effects of events that occurred during that time. The characters of "Safe from the Neighbors" are ordinary people. In fact, they are almost boring. The story is told from the point of view of Luke May, a high school teacher. It returns to a murder that occurred the night before Meredith's enrollment in [...]

    19. Page 85Nothing creates obstinacy like being forced to maintain an indefensible position. Just look a the career of Robert E. Lee.Page 87He eats the same thing every day, and so does everybody else who lives on a farm in the Delta in 1962. We don't experiment with chocolate-chip pancakes, and Pop-Tarts won't be invented until the following year. Granola bars do exist, just not in Mississippi.Page 111 watching the Weather Channel like a suspense movie.

    20. Very good -makes you think about choices and why we make choices that are obviously bad for us. The story w/in the stroy about the two boys attempting to long jump the creek was very thought provoking - I keep thinking about it. Also learned some history about the integration of Ole Miss. May even read again.

    21. Yarborough's a bit hung up on cheating husbands and distancing wives but he can spin a story and work in any number of complications. The central mystery of this novel, however, never quite achieves resolution and I felt somewhat dissatisfied as I closed the book. Well. OK. As I turned off my Kindle.

    22. Had purchased this book several months ago and have just gotten around to reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the story, and of course the area. I am curious as to why the author did not use the real names of the restaurants of Doe's and Lillo's. Just interesting to me! But still enjoyed it immensely.

    23. This was not my cup of tea. It wasn't the most horrible book I've ever read, but it wasn't the most enjoyable. I like a book that flows, this was so disjointed that it took away from the story. I found the characters to be asinine and shallow. Adultery played a big part in this book which I found to be sorta out of place a little.

    24. I listed to this on an audiobook and it definitely was engaging. However, the abrupt ending made it hard for me to give it more than a 3. There is also so much going on that it was sometimes hard to follow.

    25. I liked it better than most of the books I've given three stars. It's more of a 3.89 book. Sometimes I get tired of the South but this one a had a nice ending that could have gone either way. I recommend it.

    26. My second Yarbrough; again very impressed. He's an understated writer and an old-fashioned story-teller but his characters are fresh and believable. This one blends some civil rights history into an age-old novel of marriage; the father of the narrator is particularly terrific.

    27. Yes, the ending was abrupt and a bit muddled - and, yes, the affair was gratuitous and predictable. Nonetheless, Yarbrough captures a feeling of 1960s Mississippi sharecroppers that I've not seen among other novelists. I found this a compelling and complex story.

    28. Wait.what? I just finished the book, yet I have no idea what the resolution to the "mystery" was. If you like unanswered questions and depressing stories about self-centered jerks behaving likewellrks, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend giving it a pass.

    29. Steve Yarbrough is one of my favorite authors of all time. This is just one more great book that he's written. I highly recommend him to any reader. My favorite book of his is Oxygen Man, his first title from MacMurray and Beck. Good stuff.

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