Fire in the Field and Other Stories

Fire in the Field and Other Stories

by John Young
Fire in the Field and Other Stories

Fire in the Field and Other Stories

by John Young


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In sixteen apparently simple stories, John Young's memorable characters ask (or refuse to ask) what shapes us. Education? Talent? Impulse? Family? Money? Need for approval? Most of the stories are set in small-town Indiana, with a handful coming from New England villages. All are sensitively written, careful, and real.

The impulse to cheat (embellish) shows up early in the collection, as an antique dealer teaches himself to craft high-quality fakes. It reaches a fever pitch and crashes in the next tale, when an ambitious minister in an affluent community pays more attention to his neighbor's wife and pumpkins than to the living he's inherited. Young's protagonists range from observant nine-year-olds to hyper-competitive teens, from working class dreamers (and drinkers) to privileged executives defending the compromises they've made. A few face public humiliation; a few others die. In two of the strongest stories, young women face painful life-and-death decisions, and the conclusions are uncertain. In most, there's an ethical dilemma, skillfully and subtly plotted so that we readers come away energized, appreciating "the oxymorons of life."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781952232565
Publisher: Golden Antelope Press
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

When he was eight, John Young told his mother he wanted to be a scientist or a clown. So he went into advertising and figured he got pretty close. He graduated from Indiana University and earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Now he lives with his wife and two kids in Cincinnati, Ohio. His first novel, When the Coin Is in the Air, was published in 2019.

Table of Contents

The Antique Deal

A Pumpkin Summer

A Membrook Man

This Boy's Game

Twice Too Young

An Imperfect Union

The Dog Lover

Enter Debbie DeVore

The Chain Saw Artist

Same as I Got

The Fires of Youth

Wins and Losses

The Thing She Saw

Finding the Words

Fire in the Field

In a Delicate Condition

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