Like most boys, Jason Blake wants to please his father and older brother. But this erratic father and hyper-competitive brother challenge beyond the norm. To find his way, Jason tries on different roles: schoolyard bully, football player, actor, student. At 20, Jason escapes his Midwest home and seeks independence and adventure: first to Cape Cod, later in Europe. Each adventure takes Jason farther from his father and brother. Each brings him closer to finding himself. When he returns home, the world as he knew it explodes and Jason risks all to protect his mother from his violent father. The dramatic and unforgettable course of events changes this family forever. And they promise to change the reader too.
When he was eight years old, John Young told his mother he wanted to be a scientist or a clown. So he spent most of his career in advertising, of course. Along the way, this native Hoosier graduated from Indiana University and scooped up an MFA from Emerson College. He also taught English at the high school and college levels.
He lives with his wife and two kids in Cincinnati.
When the Coin is in the Air is his first novel.