The Oxygen Man by Steve Yarbrough

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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.

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Steve Yarbrough is a professor of English and creative writing at Cal State, Fresno.
Published June 1, 1999 by MacMurray & Beck. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A heritage of bitterness and violence that continues to shadow not just Ned and cronies but his older sister Daisy (“Daze”) is then deftly revealed—in a consistently suspenseful narrative juxtaposing the events of Daze and Ned’s adolescence (attending a segregated private “academy” their family c...

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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 sp...

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