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Safe from the Neighbors by Steve Yarbrough
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Jul 03, 2013

really liked it
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Read from May 10 to 13, 2012

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 Ole Miss.

I found the story powerful and enjoyed reading it. Yarbrough is a great Southern writer, capturing the true essence of his characters.
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