When the Coin is in the Air
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"It is a rare coming-of-age-novel that strikes an elegiac tone--the trembling anticipation of youth, a decidedly modern hero's journey, in combination with a grief-struck plunge into conscience--but John Young pulls it off. This novel, like its main character, makes its way from early promise to settled accomplishment, from a staggering opening to a quiet self- acceptance that seems wholly earned--and leaves a reader grateful."
-- James Carroll, National Book Award Winner and Author of The Cloister
"An abusive father keeps his son--and the reader--in suspense in When The Coin Is in The Air, a well-told coming-of-age tale."
--Dan Wakefield, author of Going All The Way and New York in the Fifties.
In John Young's wise and moving novel, a young man is forced to navigate the difficult choices of early adulthood while protecting his own life and his mother's from a violent, abusive father. Reminiscent of the novels of Pat Conroy, When the Coin Is In the Air explores the complexities of the pull between duty and self-determination, tempered by love.
--Susan Neville, author of The Invention of Flight and In the House of Blue Lights.