Known for his fiction set in the Deep South, Steve Yarbrough’s latest novel is a dramatic change in location. It takes place in New England, and features a couple who have recently relocated there from California. The Realm of Last Chances (2013) follows Kristin Stevens and her husband Cal as they start over again in their early fifties after being downsized and squeezed out of business during the recent economic crisis.
Kristin, who has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, loses her administrative job at a top university and decides to accept a position at a less prestigious school outside Boston. Her husband Cal has lost his construction business. Now he is working on their home and playing music.
After fifteen years of marriage, the couple have pulled into themselves and drifted apart. Kristin reaches out to a younger neighbor with literary interests as well as economic and marital problems of his own, and what could be a friendship turns into something more. This story explores loneliness, relationships, love, betrayal, and redemption.