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His work boots crunched the gravel, she knew they did even though she didn't hear it. The screen door was closed. She kept her eyes trained on the paper. Behind her the refrigerator opened and closed.

He popped the cap. The cap hit the counter. He was drinking Beck's these days, and he'd brought himself some new clothes, replacing his old Rustlers with Levis-he'd even bought himself one pair of Calvin Kleins, though as far as she know he'd never put them on.

He'd always wanted to be something he wasn't and if she'd been what he was, she might have felt the same way to. He drove the backroads in his pickup truck all night. He drove from this fishpond to that one, from that one to the next, lowering a boom into the water, checking oxygen levels.

Sometimes he turned on the aerators. She knew he needed her to ask, and so some part of her wanted to, and because she wanted to she couldn't. He sat down at the table, stood the cold bottle on the placemat.

She couldn't stop herself. Mistress of the gesture, she slowly stood up, let her gaze climb his torso toward his face. He needed a shave. His eyes were bleary. His hair was still more red than grey, but more grey was on the way. The fact that he had aged and would age further, was a huge mark against him.

He swallowed, though there was nothing in his mouth. He said, "What's in the paper? She picked up the plate and took it to the sink. Behind her, wood groaned as he shifted his weight. If you ask me, life's the last thing the sorry bastard deserves. As if the weight of her gaze was more than he could bear, he dropped his head.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This gritty first novel takes us into the world of Ned Rose, who works nights checking the oxygen levels in fish farm ponds, does all the dirty work his boss requires, and silently shares the family home with his sister Daze, who is nearly blinded by bitterness and disdain.

Since his early teenage years, Ned's life has been marred by anger that erupts and then quickly disappears, leaving him filed with secrets and regret. When Ned and Daze realize that they have one last hope for deliverance, The Oxygen Man moves into the deepest veins of the heart. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed these digital items. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Unmade World: A Novel.

Steve Yarbrough. Prisoners of War Vintage Contemporaries. Customers who bought this item also bought these digital items. The Last Taxi Driver. Lee Durkee. From Publishers Weekly With Merle Haggard playing in the background and bottles of beer accumulating in the fore, Daze and Ned, sister and brother, live restlessly and hopelessly in the small town of Indianola, Mississippi.

The sharp and ragged edges separating the races and classes there are glaringly obvious. Ned, who drives through the fog-spooked back roads of Sunflower County by night, checks the oxygen levels in Mack Bell's catfish ponds. The rest of Mack's employees are black, but Ned perceives a vast difference in the ways he and Mack are white: "the difference had a lot to do with the fat content of the foods they'd grown up eating, the odor of the toilet bowls they'd grown up using, the number of evenings their daddies had spent at home, the number of evenings their mommas stayed gone.

Long-suffering, quiet Daze, meanwhile, doesn't flourish in the close quarters she shares with her brother, as their intimacy reveals its dark, manipulative side. Set in , with frequent, lengthy flashbacks to the early '70s, when Daze and Ned were in high school, Yarbrough's bleak and yet extremely tender first novel explores the sad origins of their situation and exposes the sordid complications of small-town small-mindedness.

Violence and racism claw their way into nearly every scene, and the language used by Yarbrough's characters can be disturbing and offensive, if on the mark.

Author tour. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Ned and his sister, Daze, live together in their parents' house with the scars of the past.

First novelist Yarbrough reveals the source of their unfulfilled lives by looking back on their high school years, a time when their dysfunctional and often absent parents stood in the way of a normal home life and the chance to fit in at school.

In Ned's case, his spinelessness and desperate anger caused him to commit violent acts he will never forget. Daze is unable to forgive him, and brother and sister live in the same house almost without interacting. Now, 20 years later, they attempt to reconcile with the past and with each other. Yarbrough cleverly and clearly illustrates life unfolding in a small Mississippi town through subtle references to race relations and town politics as well as detailed description of the natural surroundings.

His intimate descriptions of his characters' lives make them real. Highly recommended. From Booklist In the finest Southern Gothic tradition, Yarbrough's debut novel is about the estrangement and ultimate redemption of Ned and Daisy Rose, brother and sister who have spent 23 years avoiding one another even as they share quarters in the family house.

In high school a private academy to which they received scholarships , the Roses are outsiders: Daisy is a loner who eventually falls in love with the son of the town banker, and Ned, popular only during football season, befriends two teammates--one of whom, Mack Bell, he will spend the rest of his life working for. In their later years, Mack is a catfish farmer and Ned, aside from doing Mack's dirty work, goes from pond to pond checking oxygen levels and aerating where necessary.

Laden with symbolism, this novel mixes well the classic elements of the family cycle of cause and effect, hidden and imminent violence, and the long gestation before restitution. Frank Caso. A superb first novel, about a doomed Mississippi family, by the author of three story collections Family Men, , etc.

A wrenching, compassionate portrayal of wasted lives in explosive conflict. All rights reserved. Robin Hemley Chicago Tribune The Oxygen Man is a deeply felt book about novel choices and the destinies created by those choices and by circumstances beyond our control: our class, our race, the time and place we're born.

His third collection, Veneer , was recently published by University of Missouri Press. He is a professor of English and creative writing at Cal State, Fresno. Daze Rose was sitting in the kitchen eating an omelet, with a little bit of ketchup on the side.

While she ate, she read the Jackson paper. Somebody else she'd gone to school with had been convicted. Of a crime this time.

He'd soon be home, back to Sunflower County, where they would put him to work in the Parchman Prison fields. So many people she'd known had gone to jail.

So many more who should have hadn't. Read more. Tell the Publisher! I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? New and free. Meditate with Jesse Israel. Listen free. Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Half of the people in this book are mean. The rest are unhappy. That is not a good combination. I liked his other book but didn't like this one at all.

I don't know how this hasn't been made into a movie yet! Travel fast and travel light. In a contrast between a troubled past and present discontent, Ned Rose chafes under the abusive mentality of his boss, Mack Bell.

Coroner: Man on oxygen did not die because of power outage

The investigation into this death has concluded and this case is considered closed. The power outage from the recent PSPS was not the cause of death. Next of kin notifications have been completed.

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