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Visible Spirits

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In 1902, in a small community deep in the Mississippi Delta, nearly a generation after the end of slavery, events obscured by time but impossible to forgive or forget echo in the lives of blacks and whites alike. As bound together by history as they are separated by mutual distrust, the citizens of Loring face present tensions as they look toward an uncertain future.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 13th 2002 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Patricia O'Sullivan
May 29, 2012 Patricia O'Sullivan rated it it was amazing
I loved this turn-of-the-century story about Mississippi. It is a disturbing story about the relations between blacks and whites after the reconstruction, when some blacks had achieved enough education, wealth, and political standing to threaten the middling whites. I loved Yarborough's characters, especially the Jewish merchant who has flashbacks of pograms in Europe when he sees how quickly white on black violence flares. If you liked The Help you'll love Visible Spirits. It has all of the ten ...more
David Bonesteel
Jun 02, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it
Two brothers oppose each other over the black postmistress of their Southern town in 1902. Leighton, the mayor and newspaper publisher, wants to live and let live, acting as a force for moderation. Tandy is a wandering ne'er-do-well who has returned after a checkered career as a gambler. He invents a crisis concerning the postmistress, stirring up the fear and race hatred that has always simmered just under the surface.

Steve Yarbrough depicts a South that is terribly scarred by the specter of ra
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Anna Ligtenberg
Jan 16, 2013 Anna Ligtenberg rated it liked it
ISBN 0375725776 - My reason for choosing to read this book turned out not to be the reason that I ended up liking it. I generally enjoy historical fiction and - it being Black History Month - this seemed like a good time for this tale. The fact that the book is, quite obviously, based on / inspired by the true story of Minnie M. Cox turned out to be more interesting.

1902: Tandy Payne has returned home, having gambled away everything. He finds that his brother, Leighton, has added mayor to newspa
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Tina Hayes
Jan 18, 2009 Tina Hayes rated it liked it
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'Visible Spirits' is about an event in a small Mississippi town that implacted the lives of those living there. While Steve Yarbrough's prose was enjoyable, the two major events the book is based upon are never really delved into that deeply. The event that happens during the main characters' childhood is described up to the moment it takes place, but stops cold, no additional details or follow-up. The event that happens when the main characters are adults is only hinted at and hazily revealed; ...more
David B
Nov 29, 2013 David B rated it really liked it
Two brothers oppose each other over the black postmistress of their Southern town in 1902. Leighton, the mayor and newspaper publisher, wants to live and let live, acting as a force for moderation. Tandy is a wandering ne'er-do-well who has returned after a checkered career as a gambler. He invents a crisis concerning the postmistress, stirring up the fear and race hatred that has always simmered just under the surface.

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Faulknerian.
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Born in Indianola, Mississippi, he received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. Writing largely within the Southern tradition, he draws his themes and characters from Southern history and mores in ways that have been compared to Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, and Willie Morris.

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