When the Coin is in the Air


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$19.95  $18.55
Golden Antelope Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.63 inches | 0.77 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


"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.