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In a captivating departure from the Deep South setting of his previous fiction, Southern writer Steve Yarbrough now gives us a richly nuanced portrait of a marriage being reinvented in a small town in the Northeast, in his most surprising and compelling novel yet.

When Kristin Stevens loses her administrative job in California’s university system, she and her husband, Cal, relocate to Massachusetts. Kristin takes a position at a smaller, less prestigious college outside Boston and promptly becomes entangled in its delicate, overheated politics. Cal, whose musical talent is nothing more than a consuming avocation, spends his days alone, fixing up their new home. And as they settle into their early fifties, the two seem to exist in separate spheres entirely. At the same time, their younger neighbor Matt Drinnan watches his ex-wife take up with another man in his hometown, with only himself to blame. He and Kristin, both facing an acute sense of isolation, gravitate toward each other, at first in hope of a platonic confidant but then, inevitably, of something more. The Realm of Last Chances provides us with a subtle, moving exploration of relationships, loneliness, and our convoluted attempts to reach out to one another.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Inspires the kind of wonder and elation one feels in the hands of a gifted writer…[It] turns a light on the kind of lives that so often go unremarked, suffusing them with compassion, empathy and rare beauty.”

    Washington Post

  • “Yarbrough allows the opening and closing of chasms between [his characters] the proper space and time to develop, thus allowing them the chance to achieve maximum resonance.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A deeply intelligent and wildly moving story about the many permutations of love, betrayal, and redemption.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Author
Author Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough’s honors include the Mississippi Authors Award and the California Book Award, as well as a nomination for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is a native of the Delta town of Indianola and now lives in Fresno, California.