Fire in the Field and Other Stories

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Golden Antelope Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.42 inches | 0.52 pounds

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About the Author
John Young was raised on a dairy farm in Vermont's so-called Northeast Kingdom. At the earliest opportunity, he deserted the bovine lifestyle and moved to the big city, Burlington, where he attended the University of Vermont. After graduation, he worked in state government and, for a decade, operated a new and collectible comic-books business.Almost three decades ago, John and his family moved to the Charleston area. He quickly fell in love with the Holy City and its history. He worked as a docent and education coordinator at The Old Exchange, later became a registered tour guide, and currently is operations manager of The Powder Magazine, a colonial military museum.Photo by

An elegant, wry, wise, witty collection that deserves a place among the best work being produced today. Young is a writer who knows his craft and deserves the attention of a wide audience.

--Patricia Averbach, author of Resurrecting Rain

What sets these exquisitely crafted stories apart is John Young's keen sense of place and his ability to make you feel you are there. Not just physical places, but states of mind too.

-Don Tassone, author of Francesca

Ordinary people face complex moral, romantic or financial decisions: a journalist's mother doesn't see his talent; a wife decides to have a baby with her terminally-ill husband. Reading these tales, memories flood: of mistakes made; crushes that almost became romances; knotty family dynamics.

--Cynthia Smith, Journalist, Wyoming News

As one story progresses to the next, Young's deceptively simple voice evolves, and the stories deepen shockingly - as if fate has caught us, and Young himself, in the best hopes of literature.

--Frederick Dillen, author of the novels, Hero, Fool, and Beauty

I said Let me read a few minutes of these stories before I start dinner. At midnight I was still crying, laughing, and fond of Young's ability to take me with him. Unique turns of phrase add as much impact as his uncanny understanding of who we are.

--Connie Shakalis. Columnist, The Bloomington Herald-Times

His rural Midwest focuses on fathers expecting their dreams to be reincarnated through sons; mothers who push those sons; "popular" girls; ... and boys whose personalities vary widely. It's a masculine culture, old school style, which Young neither idealizes nor romanticizes.

--Dan Brown, editor of Aeqai, April 24, 2021.